Lopez Island Library was crawling with beetles and other guest insects on August 7th when Russel Barsh and Madrona Murphy of Kwiaht presented Beetlemania. At least 22 adults and 9 children came to observe and learn about our beetle neighbors. We thank the Friends of the Lopez Island Library and the San Juan Islands National Monument for sponsoring this “Science on Lopez” event.
Madrona & Russel explained their participation in the Lost Ladybug Project and the fact that they discovered a species, the Nine-spotted Ladybug, that hasn’t been documented in the San Juan Islands. This citizen science project encourages people to submit their observations and photos of insects.
Russel recommends two resources for identifying local insects:
Insects of the Pacific Northwest, by Judy Haggard & Peter Haggard
Kwiaht is surveying insects to learn about their populations in the San Juan Islands. Many insects are essential for pollination of both wild and agricultural plants as well as being beautiful and fascinating of themselves. Contact Kwiaht for more information.