Every bug has a purpose. Did you know that very few caterpillars reach their mature size because birds gobble them down? It is estimated thatâ€¯oneâ€¯pair of chickadees must find 6,000 caterpillars toâ€¯feedâ€¯one brood of fledglings. Carpenter bees pollinate tomatoes.â€¯Flies pollinate pawpaws. Gnats pollinate Jack-in-the pulpits,â€¯while hummingbirds eat gnats. Ants plant trillium seeds,â€¯andâ€¯flickers eat ants. Cardinals eat adult beetles,â€¯while brown thrashers eat their grubs. It is a complicated and intricate circle of life. Theâ€¯listâ€¯goes on and on.â€¯
Join local naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales to learn about why â€œBugs are Not Badâ€ at theâ€¯University of Tennessee Arboretum Societyâ€™s First Thursday Nature Supper Club via Zoom on Thursday, August 4,â€¯at 7 p.m.â€¯ Eastern time.
The program is free, but registration is required to receive your link. Register atâ€¯www.utarboretumsociety.org. â€¯This program will be recorded, and closed captioning is available.â€¯[Read more…]