Entomology students staff Farmers' Market insect booth

June 20, 2011
Contact Information:

Jessica Hartshorn, Entomology Graduate Students Association, 479-575-2451, jhartsho@uark.edu.

Howell Medders, Communications, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, 479-575-5647, hmedders@uark.edu

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Visitors to the Farmers' Market on the Fayetteville Square can learn about six-legged consumers of fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants at a booth staffed by University of Arkansas entomology graduate students the second and fourth Saturdays.

"The kids really enjoy using our microscope to look at insect specimens," said Jessica Hartshorn, outreach coordinator for the Entomology Graduate Students Association.

Also available are books on insect collecting, handouts on common insects and boxes of mounted specimens from the University of Arkansas Arthropod Museum on the third floor of the Agriculture Building. The students also provide advice on dealing with lawn and garden insect issues.

The Department of Entomology provides programs throughout the year to teach the public about insects and the science of entomology, Hartshorn said. Programs are available for school classes and other groups of all ages. Anyone interested in a presentation can contact her at jhartsho@uark.edu, or visit the department of entomology website: http://entomology.uark.edu/.

Entomology is an academic department of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and a research and extension department of the University of Arkansas System's statewide Division of Agriculture.