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Talk: The Remarkable World of Beetles Jan. 28

Merryspring Nature Center
Jan 10, 2020
Courtesy of: USDA A ladybird is about to dine on aphids.

Camden — Retired entomologist Bob Emmons will lead a presentation on “The Remarkable World of Beetles,” at Merryspring Nature Center Tuesday30 Conway Road, Camden, Jan. 28 at noon.

It is estimated that 25 percent of all animal species on the planet are beetles. This proliferation has resulted in amazing diversity. They range in length from 1/100 of an inch to six inches. One species can lift 800 times its own weight, another mixes two chemicals to produce a toxic spray in a process similar to how rockets are propelled. The lightning beetle (firefly) produces light that is 90 percent efficient and another beetle species can sense a forest fire 80 miles away and flies into it to lay its eggs. Bob Emmons will relate these and other stories in his presentation.

Bob Emmons taught at the State University of New York for 31 years. He has since retired to the Midcoast.

This lecture is part of the Winter Talk series at Merryspring; admission to Tuesday talks is $5, with free admission for members of Merryspring. For more information, contact info@merryspring.org or call 236-2239.

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