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The communications office of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin provides media with timely, accurate information about the Wildflower Center. Below are recent press releases related to Center events and to staff expertise on conservation practices, native plant gardening, nature education, and native plant resources and research findings. For more information or photos beyond those on the newsroom site, please contact:

    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

September 21, 2006

Fall Lecture Series is All About Insects

EVENT: Fall Lecture Series. David Rogers‮ BIG BUGS sculptures are on display until November 4. The Fall Lecture Series is an opportunity to learn about real insects and what they do for us. WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. September 29, October 12 and November 2

WHERE: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenues


The Buzz About Bees. Native Texas Bees with John Neff, Ph.D. Friday, September 29, 6 to 8 p.m.

Dr. Neff will speak about the nesting and foraging habits of bees, why they are vitally important to our ecology and how to enhance local bee populations. He received his bachelor‮s degree in biology at Stanford University and his Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and is interested in the biology of solitary bees, pollination biology and distinctive Texas species.

Dying to Know What‮s Bugging You? Forensic Entomology with Don Tuff, Ph.D. Thursday, October 12, 6 to 8 p.m.

The science of insects sometimes helps solve violent crimes. Dr. Tuff will speak about how mediocriminal entomology can determine the time of death and other significant facts. Dr. Tuff is an entomologist formerly with Southwest Texas State University who has worked on crime investigations.

The Amazing World of Dragonflies and Damselflies with John Abbott, Ph.D. Thursday, November 2, 6 to 8 p.m.

Dr. Abbott will discuss the habits, habitats and the Central Texas species of dragonflies and damselflies. He is the Curator of Entomology at the Texas Natural History Center and teaches General Entomology and Aquatic Entomology at the University of Texas at Austin. He has is a nature photographer and has led natural history groups to Costa Rica, Honduras, the Galapagos, Hawaii and Mexico.

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