Sat. July 16, 2016




Beetle Experience

About Insect Day:

Insect Day is a family-friendly event designed to bring many of Louisiana's top entomologists and insect enthusiasts together to share their knowledge about insects and other arthropods with the public.

Louisiana is home to a surprising array of interesting insects that most people don't ever get to see. These include such seemingly exotic things as: tarantulas, giant centipedes, giant stick insects, scorpions and leaf-cutter ants, that are generally not thought of as something you might come across while on a hike.



Steven Barney ( has been organizing a smaller event called "Bugstock" since 2007. He had the idea for a much larger event, one that could be open to the public, but had not yet found the proper location to hold it.

In mid-Sept, 2010, Steven visited the State Arboretum for the first time and found what he was looking for. The very next day he contacted the Arboretum, and before the end of that week he and Kim Hollier (Arboretum Curator) had put together the basic framework for what would become Insect Day.

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