Introduction to Insect Identification: The Good, the Bad, and the Buggy

Speaker: John Meyer, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, Department of Entomology, NC State University

When: Tuesdays, March 14 through April 11, 2017 – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

What’s on the leaf of your azalea? Are you curious about those grubs in your compost bin? Is there a striped caterpillar eating your parsley? Learning to recognize and identify the insects in your garden can be a daunting task-there are over a million described species and at least that many undescribed ones! This course will help you sort out all that diversity. It will focus on the major orders and families of garden insects, show you how to recognize members of the common groups, and help you distinguish between the good bugs and the bad bugs. Knowing what it is opens the door to a whole world of information about what it does and what to do about it. As an old Chinese proverb says, “The beginning of knowledge is getting things by their right name.”

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