Insect Festival, Sunday September 18th

Art by Cara Gibson

2016 at a glance–

24 Booths + Graduate Student led ‘Ask a Scientist Cafe’
150 Faculty, Staff, Post-doctoral Fellows, Students
75 Community Volunteers
5,000 Visitors (approx.)

Theme insect–

The western hercules beetle, Dynastes grantii. This species is a type of rhinocerus beetle that is native to Arizona and is one of the largest in the US at 5-8 cm long. Males have horns for fighting and females do not. Adults feed on tree sap but are harmless to the tree. Moisture, such as falling rain, causes their grey outer cuticle to turn black.

Press–

‚ÄčAmerican Entomologist
Dec 12 2016
Daily Wildcat
Sept 19, 2016
Arizona Daily Star
Sept 17, 2016
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