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Discover the Grounds: Singing Insects of Arkansas

Durand/Estes Rooms
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Summer is not a quiet season in Arkansas—and we love it!

If you’ve walked through your yard or along the museum trails lately, you’ve probably heard the hum of cicadas or the chirping of crickets. But have you ever thought about why they sing? Join University of Arkansas Professor of Entomology Donald Steinkraus for a discussion about these fascinating musical insects and the important role they play in nature’s orchestra.

Alice and cicada

Donald Steinkraus has been a professor of entomology at the University of Arkansas for 32 years. His research focuses on biological control of pests using microorganisms, primarily entomopathogenic fungi. His general research interests are effects of exotic invasive plants on insects, birds, and native plants. Dr. Steinkraus has taught courses in insect anatomy, beekeeping, and general entomology. He has a PhD and BA from Cornell University and an MS from the University of Connecticut. Outside of work, he loves to play guitar in local bands, hike, swim, and read.

Free, registration required. Register online or with Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Per CDC’s updated guidelines, we are now requiring all guests ages 2 and up and staff to wear a face covering indoors and while attending outdoor programs, except while eating or drinking. Masks will be available upon entry for those who do not have one. We will observe social distancing during this program.