Venus — Dr. Mark Deyrup, Entomologist at Archbold Biological Station, will lead a special nature walk on Saturday, May 6, at 9 a.m. Dr. Deyrup, author of “Ants of Florida: Identification and Natural History,” will focus on the many interesting insects found in the Florida Scrub at Archbold. The tour will start on the West Porch of the Frances Archbold Hufty Learning Center at Archbold Biological Station and walk along the Discovery Nature Trail. Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. with the walk beginning at 9. This event is free to the public. Families are encouraged to attend.
One of the favorite aspects of meeting and going out in nature with Dr. Deyrup is that he encourages attendees to bring a bug(s) to his event and he will try to identify it and tell you more about it. Deyrup commented, “It is much easier to look at a bug specimen in person to give the most accurate information.”
Not only is Deyrup an expert entomologist (bug expert) but he is also an accomplished scientific artist. Dr. Deyrup’s ant drawings and the results of over 25 years of ant research which were published in his new book, “The Ants of Florida.”
Attendees for this guided nature walk should dress for the weather, wear close-toed shoes appropriate for walking in deep sand and bring your own water. Other comfort items would include a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, camera and binoculars.
Archbold Biological Station is an independent, not-for-profit research facility and lies within the Northern Everglades, the lands that drain south into Lake Okeechobee. Archbold’s mission is to build and share the scientific knowledge needed to protect the life, lands, and waters of the heart of Florida and beyond.
Archbold Biological Station is 8 miles south of Lake Placid. The entrance is 1.8 miles south of SR 70 on Old SR 8. Visit us at www.archbold-station.org. During business hours call 863-465-2571.