Day of Insects

2019 Day of Insects

Celebrating an Annual Day of Insects

Reiman Gardens is so enthusiastic about insects that we set aside a special day just for them every year. Our annual Day of Insects brings together professionals, academics, advocates and enthusiasts of all levels from across the country to explore and celebrate entomology (the study of insects). Topics often include insects native to Iowa, exotic insects, endangered insects, conservation efforts and new educational programs aimed at advancing the appreciation of all invertebrates.

Events are open to anyone interested and also include informal time for food and socialization on the night before the Day of Insects, and snacks and lunch during the day.

Again this year we will be offering workshops on Friday afternoon on invertebrate related topics for those interested in attending.   Individuals can participate in the workshops regardless if they are attending any of the other DOI activities.

Individuals that are in town early the night before we will have an opening reception. Come be casual, enjoy dinner, get to know other insect enthusiasts, there’s more of us than you think.  Anyone attending DOI can sign up to attend the reception and there will be some slots made available for individuals unable to attend DOI so they can participate as well.

WORKSHOPS (Friday, March 29)
*Each workshop has a 20 person limit.

12:45-2:45 p.m. – “What to do with photos and specimens.”  My method for curating specimens and cataloging photos.  Presented by Jim Durbin

12:45- 3:20 p.m. – “Iowa Butterfly Survey Network Training”

3:00-5:00 p.m. – “Identification of moths”. Using body and wing shape to identify to family. Using the Moth Identification program to identify specimens. Presented by Jim Durbin and Moni Hayne.

OPENING RECEPTION – (Friday, March 29)

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dinner, Keynote presentation and behind the scenes Reiman Gardens entomology tour.

Keynote: “Beauty, Diversity, and Society: Insect Surveys in a Changing World” presented by Riley Nelson.

For more information, contact Nathan Brockman at

CLICK HERE to download the Day of Insects poster.


2019 PRESENTATIONS (Saturday, March 30)

9:10-9:30 a.m. – “Bumbling After Bumblebees:  The Search for the Endangered Rusty-patched Bumblebee in Iowa” presented by Stephanie Shepherd, Iowa DNR

9:30-9:50 a.m. – “Planted Prairies:  Are They Functioning?  What can Insects Tell Us?” presented by M.J. Hatfield, Oneota Biological Field Station

9:50-10:10 a.m. – “Not So Fast, Beetles!  Why Hymenoptera is the Largest Animal Order” presented by Andrew Forbes, University of Iowa

10:10-10:30 a.m. – “Gym-N-Eat Crickets:  The Unlikely Adventure of Raising Crickets for Human Consumption” presented by Shelby Smith

11:00-11:20 a.m. – “Muscatine Pollinator Project:  Many Hands Make Light Work” Presented by Paul Mayes and Dave Cooney

11:20-11:40 a.m. – “Domestication and Insect Evolution:  Exploring the Role of Agriculture on Specialist Fruit Fly Speciation” presented by Alaine Hippee, University of Iowa

11:40 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – “Bee Visitors and Residents in an Atypical Suburban Yard” presented by Stephen Johnson

12:00-12:20 p.m. – “Where We Are With Moths in Iowa” presented by Jim Durbin

1:20-1:40 p.m. – “Using Insect Hotels to Improve Biodiversity at the La Crosse County Landfill” presented by Ben Gibson & Ted Wilson, Viterbo University

1:40-2:00 p.m. – “Does Host Plant Matter?  Divergence in the Redheaded Pine Sawfly” presented by Robin Bagly, University of Iowa

2:00-2:20 p.m. – “Omaha Bug Symposium:  Science for Adults” presented by Dave Crane and Andy Matz, Omaha Bug Symposium

2:20-2:40 p.m. – “Moth Assemblages of Oak-Hickory Forests and Planted Tallgrass Prairies in Luther College’s Natural Areas” presented by Lena Schmitt and Kirk Larsen, Luther College

3:10-3:30 p.m. – “Butterflies of Nachusa Grasslands” presented by Wayne Schennum

3:30-3:50 p.m. – “The Impact of Prairie Restoration on Insect Communities” presented by Susan Villarreal, Grinnell College

3:50-4:10 p.m. – “The Hunt for the ‘Lost’ Red Milkweed Beetle” presented by Marlin Rice

Are you interested in presenting at next year’s 2020 DOI?  Most of the presenters for the day are selected by the DOI committee, but each year we open up two “wild card” slots to the invertebrate community. One of the goals of DOI is to give individuals working on insects an opportunity to share that information with individuals interested in insects. So, what insects fascinate you, what are you working on, are you ready to share your enthusiasm and knowledge with others?  If so, please contact me at

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE FOR DAY OF INSECTS. Attendees must register by March 25, 2019.  We are utilizing a new registration system so please let us know if you have any problems while registering.  When you click the link above make sure to select all items you want to participate in before clicking the “view cart” option. 

Other Information:

Silent Auction to support the Plant. Grow. Fly program
During DOI, we will be holding a silent auction for participants at DOI to bid on.  If you would like to participate in the auction and can bring an item for the auction they can be dropped off at registration in the morning for DOI.  This year all proceeds from the auction will go to supporting the Plant. Grow. Fly program.

Hotel Information
If you are looking for a hotel to stay in while you are in town for DOI.  Gateway Hotel & Conference Center has a DOI rate of $109 a night if you mention “Reiman Gardens’ Rate” when you call and make your reservation.

Gateway Hotel & Conference Center

2100 Green Hills Drive
Ames, Iowa, 50014, US
Phone: 515/292-8600
Fax: 515/268-2224