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STOCKTON FWO: Stockton FWO Celebrates Insectfest!
California-Nevada Offices , January 25, 2014
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee sorts through a sample to find insect larvae and ready them for visitors.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee sorts through a sample to find insect larvae and ready them for visitors. - Photo Credit: USFWS
Visitors enjoy searching for insect larvae hidden in samples of algae and lake-water.
Visitors enjoy searching for insect larvae hidden in samples of algae and lake-water. - Photo Credit: USFWS

By Jerrica Lewis

On January 25, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service joined the Bohart Museum of Entomology and Extreme Pets to celebrate insects at the 4th annual Insectfest at the World of Wonders Science museum in Lodi, California. Over 500 local insect enthusiasts and people just curious about bugs visited the museum throughout the day to view the Bohart Museum’s preserved insect collection and play with Extreme Pet’s creepy crawlies. Attendees also had the opportunity to discover aquatic insect larva from kick-net samples provided by the Service.

The Service’s display was a big hit with both children and adults. Visitors gathered around the live sample tray to pick through the aquatic plants and find hidden insects. They got a close up view of the insects through magnified bug viewers and learned about the ecological role of aquatic insect larvae. Visitors walked away with a new understanding of how insect larvae break down plant and animal debris and provide food for fish.

The Insectfest was a great success! Children left the event with enthusiasm for discovering the insects that live in local natural habitats. Adults were interested in learning about the insects they encounter while fishing, hiking or exploring the great outdoors. The Service’s involvement with the Insectfest was a great opportunity to show the public how important even the smallest animals and their habitats can be for supporting healthy aquatic ecosystems.

Jerrica Lewis is a biological science technician at the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office in Lodi, California.


Contact Info: Jerrica Lewis, 209-334-2968 ext 328, Jerrica_Lewis@fws.gov



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