Bumble Bee: Bombus species. Photo contributed by Ken Fry

Bugs 101: Learn about bugs in Red Deer

Some find them creepy while others find them fascinating – no matter which category you fall into, you can’t deny bugs are all around us especially in the summers.

Ken Fry, a Central Alberta entomologist and an instructor at School of Animal Science and Horticulture at Olds College, will speak about various insects and their species at Margaret Parsons Theatre at Red Deer College on April 12.

Bugs 101: The Good, the Not-so-Good, and the What-The-Heck-Are-You-Doing-Here? will be of interest to those who love spending time in their gardens, yards or anywhere in nature.

“There’s lots of predators out there – lady beetles are the most commonly understood by the general public but there are so many more,” he said.

Fry, a co-author of Garden Bugs of Alberta, will help attendees understand more about insects, their roles including those who protect the environment and how to reduce the impact of the less-welcome visitors.

Fry will touch on bug-basics like talking about specific insects and discussing whether they are pests or predators or decomposers. Like butterflies fascinate many of us, especially children, but these aloof little insects aren’t as good pollinators as bees.

He will talk about pollinators like solitary bees, bumble bees and honey bees and decomposers in the soil from carpenter ants to ‘spring tails.’

Tickets for the Red Deer & District Garden Club event are available at the Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery (4525-47A Avenue) or by calling 309-8405.


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