Starting Your Own Insect Collection

September 15, 2020 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Course will take place online on Zoom. Supplies will be available for curbside pickup in Royal Oak and Clinton Twp.


Contact: For more information or to make a request for accommodations contact David Lowenstein at lowenst6@msu.edu or 586-469-5180.

Cost: $35

Registration deadline: Sept. 2 or when the class is full (limited to 25 participants). 

This class will provide an introduction on how to collect and preserve insects. The first part of the course will be a presentation on the background of insect collections and strategies for collecting different insects of all shapes and sizes. The second part will be hands-on work (at your home) at collecting (weather permitting), pinning, and labelling pre-collected insects. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own insects for pinning. All participants will receive an insect collection box, set of pins, and will have the opportunity to leave the class with 10-20 pinned insects. Although this class will be virtual, participants will have the opportunity to work interactively with the instructor and their classmates to pin a variety of insect types.

About the instructor:
David Lowenstein is an entomologist and consumer horticulture extension educator in Macomb County. He has been involved in entomology research and outreach for 10 years and is most fond of bees and wasps.

COVID-19 update: In late July, a decision was made to transition this class to a virtual format. Supplies will be available for curbside pickup in Royal Oak and Clinton Twp

Cancellation policy:
 A full refund, less a $5 processing fee, will be issued for any registration cancelled on or before Sept. 2. No refund will be issued after this date. If unable to attend after registering, substitutions for another person are permitted.

Certified Extension Master Gardeners: Attendees will earn 2.5 continuing education hours which should be reported under IPM - General.

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