Day of Insects

Saturday, March 27, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. 

Celebrate the annual Day of Insects at Reiman Gardens. Enjoy a day filled with presentations from professionals, academics, advocates, and enthusiasts. From beginners to seasoned veterans, Day of Insects has something for anyone interested in or involved with insects. On the day of the event, doors will open at 8:00 a.m., with presentations starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 4:20 p.m.

Preregistration and prepayment are required by March 18 for in-person registration and March 24th for remote participants.

Payments can be made by credit card or check using the online registration or in-person at Reiman Gardens with cash or check.

To register for the event click here: Day of Insects at Reiman Gardens  2021

This year, due to COVID, DOI will be held in a hybrid fashion.  There will be a limited number of slots for people to sign up and attend in-person at Reiman Gardens.  It will also be possible for people to attend completely remotely.   A portion of presenters will be presenting remotely, while others will present live from Reiman Gardens.  DOI will also just consist of the day-long symposium and will not have the workshop components or keynote events that are usually held the day before, we look forward to these elements coming back in 2022.


9:10 – 9:30 a.m. – “In the Fold: Educating and Inspiring with Insect Origami” presented by Yong-Lak Park, West Virginia University

9:30 – 9:50 a.m. – “Bluff Prairie Invertebrates (N. Flower Moth)” presented by Justin Nooker

9:50 – 10:10 a.m. – “Measuring Diversity of Symbionts Inside of Insects” presented by Andrew Forbes

10:10 – 10:30 a.m. – “Moths of Nachusa Grasslands” presented by Wayne Schennum

11:00 – 11:20 a.m. – “Using Photography to Document Pollinator Diversity and the Impacts of Natural Area Management” presented by Angella Moorehouse,  Illinois Nature Preserves Commission

11:20 – 11:40 a.m. – “Omaha’s Own Field of Dreams: The Insects of Glacier Creek – A Novel Survey of Reclaimed Prairie” presented by Amanda Roe , College of Saint Mary and Brad Carlson

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – “Tracking Migration of Red Admiral and Painted Lady Butterflies: Weekly Surveys, Flight Direction Monitoring, Citizen Science, and Stable Isotope Analysis” presented by Royce Bitzer, Iowa State University

12:00 – 12:20 a.m. – “Minnesota Wild Bee Survey – Lessons Learned After Six Years” presented by Jessica Petersen, Minnesota DNR

1:20 – 1:40 p.m. – “Communicating Knowledge and Respect for Spiders and their Functions in Ecosystems and Audiences such as Elementary Students” presented by Mary Stark, Central College

1:40 – 2:00 p.m. – “Fostering Knowledge and Respect for Native Bees Using an Interdisciplinary Approach” presented by Paulina Mena, Central College

2:00 – 2:20 p.m. – “So What’s in Your Back Yard” presented by Frank Hitchell

2:20 – 2:40 p.m. “Are We Planting the Right Forbs to Restore the Plant-Pollinator Network in the Tallgrass Prairie Habitat?” presented by Ai Wen, University of Northern Iowa

3:10 – 3:30 p.m. “Lepidoptera of Wisconsin: Highlights of 50 Years in the Field” presented by Les Ferge

3:30 – 3:50 p.m. – “Incorporating Habitat for Pollinators and Beneficial Insets on Iowa Farms” presented by SarahNizzi, Xerces Society

3:50 – 4:10 p.m. – “Beetles in the Bush: A Bioblitz in Africa” presented by Marlin Rice

A promotional 8.5″ x 11″ flier for DOI can be found by clicking here.