04 2018 (April)

Why study bugs?

View across laboratory with participants at microscopes looking at specimens and in guidebooks.
As students worked to identify insects under microscopes, we asked what brought them to the 14th Annual Entomology Short Course March 13-15. The course is led by Alex Latchininsky and Scott Schell of UW Extension and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, with special guest presenters such as Paula Cushing, president of the International Society of Arachnology.
Man with gray beard gestures toward microscope as other man leans closely to listen.
Les Gordon, Fort Collins: I’m a student of life, and insects are one of my interests. (Alex Latchininsky helps him learn more.)
Woman with glasses, long gray braid, studies book, microscope with specimen in background.
Jill Weigel, Golden, Colorado: “They’re fascinating. We need to learn more about the natural world and these little fellas.”
Man looks into microscope, woman leaning on counter looks on.
Gleny Laffitte, Platte County Weed and Pest District: “People come in and say ‘What is this?’” She’s working with Alex Latchininsky to learn.
Woman looks into microscope.
Sabrina Pierre, Public Health, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Cheyenne: “I’m an entomologist. I wanted to learn more about what insects are in this area and what they can carry.”
Man with pen in hand studies book, microscope with specimen in background.
Braxton Clark, assistant supervisor, Laramie County Weed and Pest District: “I took the course as part of my job to further my education and assist customers with the identification of insects.”
Girl with spider t-shirt looking at insect through microscope.
Evalyn Reed, student, age 9, Denver: “I studied spiders, and since it’s spring break, I thought it would be good to study other insects, too.”
Woman in foreground, man in background, both at miscroscopes.
Mary Bowers, Laramie: “I am interested in birds, so I wanted to learn more about what they eat.” Brian Sebade, UW Extension Master Gardener educator, Laramie: “Entomology is good to know. Plus, I can cut down on what I send to Scott’s lab to id!”
Woman in striped shirt at microscope, man in background.
Sarah Wick, Niobrara County Weed and Pest: “I do the chemical sales, and people bring in bugs for identification. I need to at least know what to rule out.”
Woman studies specimen through a microscope.
Diana Dwyer, volunteer educator, Fort Collins Master Naturalist Program: “Kids bring me insects and ask what they are. I want to be able to tell them.”
Five entomology students at microscopes.
There are a lot of good reasons to study bugs!