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Family Fun Days: Good Bugs/Bad Bugs

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Dr. Darren Pollock

2/25/2015 11:31:34 a.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

While most people feel that bugs are harmful or dangerous, the truth is the majority of bugs are neither harmful or dangerous; and, in fact, many bugs are beneficial to gardens and the environment. Children and adults will learn about “good” bugs and “bad” bugs Saturday, February 28 at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame at the 2nd Family Fun Day, featuring the exhibition “BUGS: Outside the Box.”  Doors for the event will open at 10:00 a.m. The event is free for the public.

According to Museum Educator Mary Lyle, Dr. Darren Pollock, an entomologist and biology professor at Eastern New Mexico University, will discuss why some bugs are helpful and some are damaging, and explain that both good and bad bugs can be different sizes, shapes and colors.  “Dr. Pollock will bring live specimens, too, including hissing cockroaches,” Lyle added.  “Seeing the living specimens will be a big treat for our guests.”

Lyle noted that Dr. Pollock keeps all kinds of invertebrates in his office, including hissing cockroaches, giant desert millipedes, stick bugs, black widow spiders, scorpions, praying mantises and more.  His research focus is on classifying various types of beetles. He has had articles published in the coleopterist Bulletin (the study of beetles) and has written various book chapters on the subject.  His interest in bugs began as a child. “Others ran from bugs, I ran to bugs”, he said.  Dr. Pollock will make his presentations at the museum at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Various arts and crafts stations will showcase bugs, plus there is the bug “autopsy” to see the insides of a Stag Beetle. Bug treats like cricket and larvae snacks, chocolate covered insects, and Scorpion Suckers are available for purchase in the Museum store.

Visitors will also receive free admission to see the exhibit “BUGS: Outside the Box.”

For information:  Mary Lyle: mlyle@nmjc.eduor 575-492-2678.

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