Paul Leeper, an aquatic biologist and executive director of the Megunticook Watershed Association will lead an Aquatic Bug Wade at the Bog Bridge boat ramp in Camden Saturday, July 30, at 11 a.m. to noon.

Prepare to get wet so bring old sneakers or waders to wade in the water. This is an event for the young and young at heart. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

When you see a colorful dragonfly flitting through the air, do you realize you’re looking at a voracious killing machine? Did you know that some insects thrive in a lake or a pond for months or years as aquatic larvae, and then live for only a day after they leave the water as adults? How about that many beetles are actually scuba divers, taking their own air stores into the water?

Many insects that we see flying around water actually spend their juvenile stage under the water. Such insects include dragonflies, damselflies, mayflies, stoneflies, caddisflies, and whirligig beetles. The nymphs and adults often look nothing alike, but each can be identified by unique features such as tails, gills, and overall shape. Join us as Paul discusses the amazing adaptations of aquatic insects that help them survive in still water, low oxygen and drying shorelines.

Directions from Camden: Take Route105/Washington Street 2.9 miles west past intersection with Molyneaux Road. Ramp is on left, parking on right

Leeper is a consulting biologist as well as the executive director of the Megunticook Watershed Association. He has worked and played in wet environments in Maine for more than 35 years. Leeper specializes in aquatic, marine and wetland community analyses. He has provided expert testimony before both the Maine’s Board of Environmental Protection and Land Use Regulatory Commission. He has completed numerous aquatic life analyses for hydropower relicensing, wastewater discharges, natural resource permits, and spill responses.

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