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S20/06 Insects and Arthropods 101

Monday, March 9, 2020
11:00am – 2:30pm

Litchfield County Extension Center, 843 University Drive Torrington, US CT

Bug basics! For those who want to kick start or even just brush up on their invertebrate identification game, this course will cover the basics of entomology, arthropod morphology, and most importantly, taxonomy and identification. We'll take a break for lunch and questions and then discuss commonly encountered insects. Garden pests, curiosities, accidental home invaders, public health nuisances, and other commonly submitted-to-extension insects and arthropods as well as ‘red flag’ invasive species will be discussed. Preserved specimens (and potentially a few live ones!) will be on display. Bring your lunch - we'll provide snacks and beverages.

This talk will be given by Katherine Dugas who received a Bachelor's degree in Biology at Connecticut College in 2005, and received a Master's degree in Plant Sciences and Entomology from the University of Rhode Island in 2008. Katherine worked on several studies as a student, including the effect of Phragmites control on the lower Connecticut River and the relationship between microclimate relative humidity and black-legged tick abundance in Rhode Island. She started at the CT Agricultural Extension Station (CAES) in 2008 as part of the tick program but her role later expanded to assisting in the CAES Insect Inquiry Office in New Haven, where she provided insect identifications for CT residents, municipalities, and businesses. She currently is the CT State Survey Coordinator for the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) program. This federally-funded program collaborates with U.S. states to conduct yearly surveys for invasive insect and plant pests in agricultural and industrial settings. In CT, surveys focus on important commodities such as nursery ornamentals, Christmas trees, and forest products. Katherine also conducts specialty crop pest surveys and invasive insect outreach through federal funding from the Plant Protection Act.


Michelle Winkler,

Extension (primary), College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, UConn Master Calendar

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