The Highlands Biological Station, located in the mountains of North Carolina, is offering the following workshops as part of its summer series of field biology courses and workshops. For more information, visit www.highlandsbiological.org/summer-2014/ or call (828) 526-2602.
Butterflies & Moths of the Southern Appalachians
July 21-25 – Dr. David Alsop, Professor Emeritus, Queens College
This workshop will explore the diversity and identification of members of the insect order Lepidoptera. In order to gain quick visual identification of various butterfly families, prepared specimens of the families will be made available together with a discussion of the differences in flight habits of the various families. There will be afternoon collecting (mainly butterflies, but also some day-flying moths) and evening collecting (mainly moths) using black lights. The techniques for spreading Lepidoptera will be discussed.
Introduction to Southern Appalachian Insects
July 28-Aug. 1 – Dr. David Alsop, Professor Emeritus, Queens College
This workshop will explore the most commonly seen and collected insects in the local area. Methods for preserving and identifying insects will be discussed. Environmental constraints on the localities in which insects will occur will be discussed. There will be afternoon collecting and evening “black light” collecting to demonstrate the great diversity of insects available around the research station.