AE21 Ecology of Insects


Ecology of Insects

ONLINE* Four sessions: Wednesdays and Fridays, May 26, 28, June 2 and 4; 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Dan Lazar

$60 Member | $80 Non-member

BRN Elective (6 hours)**


On a single mountainside in the Southern Appalachians, a careful observer might identify more than 1,200 species of moths during the course of a year. This class looks at the seemingly limitless diversity of insects and the important roles they play from pollinator to pathogen in the ecosystems of the Blue Ridge. We will explore the life cycles of the more common local insects, and discuss threats to these important elements of biodiversity.

*Instructions for joining via Zoom will be included in a reminder email sent to registrants by the day prior to the event. Please add to your contacts to ensure our emails do not end up in your spam folder. A recording of the class will be made available to registered participants for a limited period following the session for review and to provide access to those with scheduling conflicts. 


**Upon registration, participants will be asked to identify if they are seeking certificate credit through Arboretum certificate of merit programs or NC Environmental Education. Responses will prompt further communication regarding requirements and reporting for credit.


Dan Lazar served for many years as the director of education at the Western North Carolina Nature Center, followed by several years as executive director of the Colburn Earth Science Museum. Dan has a degree in forest biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and has been an instructor in the Blue Ridge Naturalist program since 2005.


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