Virtual Class: Common Insects of Texas

Thanks to its size and geographic position, Texas is home to nearly 30,000 species of insects, likely making its insect fauna the most diverse in the nation. Join John and Kendra Abbott for an exploration of this diversity in the state. This class will provide an introduction to entomology with special focus on Texas and its fauna. We will focus on life history information for different groups, general morphological differences of groups, metamorphosis and development, how to recognize major groups and specific species and then end with a discussion of the current trends in insect decline.

John and Kendra are professional nature photographers, educators and outdoor enthusiasts based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They have spent much of their lives in Texas exploring its amazing natural history. John is currently Chief Curator and Director of Research and Collections for the University of Alabama Museums. He has focused on dragonflies and damselflies throughout much of his career and has written three books on these beautiful subjects that contain much of our photography. Kendra is an ecologist and has focused on endangered species and conservation issues much of her career. Together, the have written a book on Texas insects and are currently working on one for North American insects.

This class will take place via Zoom Web Conferencing on July 19, 21, 26, and 28, 7 PM – 9 PM. More information about accessing the Zoom meetings will be provided by the instructors via email prior to the first class session. The tuition for the class is $95 for members and $120 for non-members. Class size is limited to 20. Please contact with questions.