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Insects and Arthropods of the Morongo Basin* (Entomologyx405.1, 1.5 unit)
Desert Institute

Categorized as: Nature & Outdoors
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Did you know that insects can survive in temperatures over 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade with little or no water? Kurt Leuschner will explore the lives of the largest group of animals in the world through a study of insect anatomy, survival traits, habitats, and behaviors. Participants will learn to identify and distinguish insects from other arthropods and then practice their skills in the field. Field observations will include Joshua tree forest, palm oasis, desert, dune, and riparian habitats as well as a special night session with blacklights at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Leuschner will share amazing stories of insects including the yucca moth, antlion, and tarantula hawk wasp and their interconnections with the world around them.

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