On 1/29/2020, our students in EPP 552 Insect Morphology went out to Sevierville, TN to bring the wonderful world of insects to bright and interested 4-H members of all ages!
We brought Madagascar hissing cockroaches, collections of a variety of beautiful pinned specimens, and microscopes for others to get a closer look!
Additionally, we also took the time to impart a bit of knowledge as well. We discussed the importance of pollinators by bringing cacao pods, whose seeds create chocolate. We also discussed a few tick species in the area (Lone star, American dog, and Asian longhorn) since tick season is just around the corner.
Overall, it was a very fun event that showcased the importance of insects and highlighted our role as researchers and pioneers for outreach.
There were even cupcakes and gummy worms!!