The bugs are back!
The fifth annual Insect Day at the Louisiana State Arboretum will take place 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine.
New to the event is a live bee display by the Capital Area Beekeepers Association. All day, visitors can see indoor displays of live and preserved insect specimens and get up-close with hands-on, live insect exhibits.
Among those with presentation tables will be Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum, SLU forensic entomologist Erin Watson-Horzelski, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, Andrew Barron flint knapping and primitive tools and Steven Barney with “The Beetle-Experience.”
Also on hand will be some of the top entomologists and insect enthusiasts in the state, in the natural setting of the arboretum inside Chicot State Park in Ville Platte.
Outside, hikers can take in the park’s extensive trail system and look for insects along the way.
At night, the bug celebration continues, as those in attendance gather around various insect-collecting light stations to see what critters fly in. The set of “light traps” or “blacklighting” is a common method used to collect nocturnal insects. Experts will help identify and discuss any insects attracted to the lights.
The not-for-profit event is co-organized by Barney and Kim Hollier, arboretum curator.