Friday, February 28, 2014

Insect Expo 2014

Cockroach races at Insect Expo 2014.
This week I attended the joint meeting for the Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America and Society of Southwestern Entomologists.  It's always great to attend the meetings and find out about recent projects and research, but I especially enjoy Insect Expo.  This years Expo had over 150 volunteers and about 1200 students.  It was a huge, bug-loving festival and it was amazing. It was wonderful seeing volunteers from all over the southwest teaching students from the San Antonio area about insects.

There were booths with live arthropods, cockroach races, insect cooking, bloodsucking insects, maggot art, insect life cycles, honey tasting, beekeeping, pollination plus a whole lot more!

This amazing event was organized by Andrine Shufran of Oklahoma State.  Andrine is always enthusiastic about teaching about insects and heads up Insect Adventure.  A big THANK YOU to her for organizing and heading the event.  Also, thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers who helped out at booths and behind the scenes.