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The World of Beetles with Bob Emmons – January 28
January 28th: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Retired entomologist Bob Emmons talks about the fascinating world of the planet’s most diverse group of animals.
It is estimated that 25% of all animal species on the planet are beetles. This proliferation has resulted in amazing diversity. They range in length from 1/100 of an inch to six inches. One species can lift 800 times its own weight, another mixes two chemicals to produce a toxic spray in a process similar to how rockets are propelled. The lightning beetle (firefly) produces light that is 90% efficient and another beetle species can sense a forest fire 80 miles away and flies into it to lay its eggs. These are just a few of the fascinating stories that Bob Emmons will relate in his presentation.
Bob Emmons taught at the State University of New York for 31 years. He has since retired to midcoast Maine.
Part of the Winter Talk Series, sponsored by Allen Insurance & Financial.
Photo: Ladybird about to dine on aphids, courtesy USDA