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Family Fun Day: Bugs 101

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Dr. Carol Sutherland

1/26/2015 5:00:01 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

Did you know that all bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs?  What makes a bug a true bug?

These are some of the fascinating questions to be answered Saturday, January 31 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, during its first family fun day of the year. 

“Bugs 101” will teach visitors about the intriguing world of bugs, with guest speaker Dr. Carol Sutherland, Extension Entomologist at New Mexico State University and State Entomologist for New Mexico Department of Agriculture.  Dr. Sutherland will help families identify the different bugs that surround us, understand good bugs and bad bugs, and why bugs are important to science and the natural environment.

There will also be fun bug activities for the children, to help them discover the beauty of bugs.  Included in the activities for the day will be several arts and crafts stations starring bugs, a bug “autopsy” giving guests an opportunity to look at the insides of a Stag Beetle, and presentations by Dr. Sutherland about the bugs of Lea County and region.  Bug treats, in the form of cricket and larvae snacks, chocolate covered insects, and Scorpion Suckers will also be available for purchase in the Museum Store.  A movie about bugs will also be shown in the Museum Theater.

Families will also receive free admission to the museum’s newest exhibit, “BUGS: Outside the Box”, currently on display through May 10, 2015.  The exhibit showcases enlarged insect sculptures, including a ten-foot tall beetle and the five-foot wingspan of a butterfly. 

“We are thrilled that Dr. Sutherland could take time from her very busy schedule to teach our guests about the interesting world of bugs,” says Dr. Darrell Beauchamp, Executive Director of the museum.  “Children and adults will learn a great deal from her talk, and get their questions answered… like, is there really a purpose to a tick, for example?  Then we invite visitors to explore the exhibit on BUGS, and discover their beauty from these giant life-size sculptures.”

Dr. Sutherland will remain after Family Fun Day, to give a presentation at 3:30 p.m. on the new insects attacking the area’s pecan crops – identifying insect pests that are infesting the area.  This free lecture is intended for personal pecan growers and commercial nut production operations/orchards.  

For more information:  Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame: 575-492-2678.

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