June 2018 Meeting – Natural Born Botanists – Plants from an insect’s point of view.

Meeting will be: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Texas Discovery Gardens



The best entomologists know their plants! Most herbivorous insects are dependent on one or a few species of closely related plants. The June program will help you learn to identify some of the most important plants from an insect’s point of view, using hands on techniques such as observations in the “field” at  Texas Discovery Gardens where we will have access to a wide variety of plants.  Provided will be handout of common flowering plant families, illustrated plant parts glossary, and lists of insect/plant associations.

About the Speaker

John Watts was born and raised in north Florida (Jacksonville) where he developed an early interest in insects and began studying them at six years of age.  John received his masters in entomology from the University of Florida specializing in insect husbandry. It was also in college that began his lifelong interest in the biology and systematics of leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae). As a collector of insects, John leans on plants and he is an avid gardener both for food and for wildlife, especially pollinators. John’s professional career started at the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Nature and Science and he spent 7 years at the Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center in Westminster, Colorado before settling in Dallas. With over 20 years of experience and an inordinate fondness for nature in general he shares a wealth of knowledge at Texas Discovery Gardens.

Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018

6:30 Meet and eat
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Featured Presentation
8:45 Adjournment

The meeting place for June is:

Texas Discovery Gardens 
Fair Park
3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dallas, TX 75210

As always all of our meetings are free and open to the public.

Hope to see YOU there!


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