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Wisconsin Firefly Ecology: Bringing Insect Decline to Light

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  • ALAS to host April program on fireflies and insect decline

    Dr. Dan Young, Professor of Entomology at UW-Madison, will present "Wisconsin Firefly Ecology: Bringing Insect Decline to Light" to the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society on April 21.

    Did you know there are more than 2,200 species of fireflies in the world and more than 170 in North America with thousands of species yet to be discovered and named? Spend the evening with Aldo Leopold Audubon learning about what a firefly really is and their diversity and natural history in Wisconsin. You'll find out how and why they are bioluminescent, why they evolved that ability, and how they manipulate it to their advantage against other firefly species. Dr. Young will conclude by explaining the causes, impacts, and possible remediation of global insect decline using fireflies as an example.

    Dr. Young received his PhD from Michigan State in 1981 and has been a professor at Madison since 1982 - teaching, curating the insect collection, and researching. His area of expertise includes research on insect taxonomy, phylogeny, natural history, and biodiversity with an emphasis on beetles. He is also the director of the Director of the UW- Madison Insect Research Collection, Co-Chair of the UW Natural History Museums Council and serves as liaison between the internationally recognized Entomological Collections Network and Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections. He has published 103 scientific articles and named 52 new species of insects.

    This online presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 21 at 7 pm. The program is free and open to the public. To preregister click here. View more events here.

Wisconsin Firefly Ecology: Bringing Insect Decline to Light