What happens when you mix after hours access to the Insectarium, local beers, and a fascinating expert lecturer? You get the Missoula Insectarium’s evening lecture series: “Bugs and Brews”! Every month we will have a new expert lecturer discuss a fascinating topic relating to bugs. Some of our past talks have been on Animal Weapons, Pests, Native Bees, Sea Spiders and more! A ticket to Bugs and Brews will get you access to explore the Insectarium, entry to the presentation and two complimentary beverages. We want to give a huge THANK YOU to our primary sponsor of our unique lecture series: Draught Works!
This event usually sells out in advance, so be sure to purchase your tickets online ahead of time!
For May: The Hidden World of Stick Insects
Can you imagine spending your entire life playing “hide and seek” and “red light, green light”? Welcome to the world of some of the most hidden and mysterious critters on Earth. Stick and leaf insects are the masters of disguise: from green leaves to pieces of bark or twigs, they evolved all sort of mind-blowing body forms, coloration and behaviors. Come discover the stories of the longest insect on the planet, the rarest one, the one laying the heaviest egg but also… the one that engages in the longest mating sessions of the insect world! Because yes, those records are all held by species of stick insects. Romain will tell you about their incredible diversity and discuss his work on the evolution of the extreme differences that exist between males and females in these insects.
Our Speaker: Romain Boisseau is a French entomologist studying for his PhD at the University of Montana in Dr. Doug Emlen’s lab. Since he was 9 years old, Romain has been rearing all sorts of stick insects and has deeply fallen in love with their secret lives. As a kid his bedroom could contain as many as 35 different species! Since then he has always been driven by one question about them: why? His PhD addresses why females and males evolved very different morphologies and behaviors and has already taken him all the way to the jungles of Papua New Guinea with National Geographic.
The Insectarium exhibit area will reopen briefly after the event, until about 8:30pm.
Cost: $8, $5 for members. Two complementary drinks are included with your admission.
Must be 21 or over for alcohol.
Location: 218 E Front Street, 2nd Floor