Silver Spring Garden Club April 2021 Meeting - "Return of Periodical Cicadas"


The April 2021 SSGC meeting is on Monday, 4/19 at 7:30pm will feature a talk on the "Return of Periodical Cicadas: Fear, Fascination, and Fun in 2021."
Known for their 13- and 17-year life cycles and massive synchronous emergences periodical cicadas are unique in the insect world. We will explore the natural history, ecology, and behavior of the seven species of periodical cicadas indigenous to North America. Predator satiation, the periodical cicada’s bizarre strategy for survival, will be contrasted with defenses of their kin the dog-day cicadas. Learn when cicadas will appear and how they will impact humans, pets, wildlife, and plants in our region.
Mike Raupp, a Professor Emeritus and Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, Mike is a regular guest on NPR, was featured on National Geographic and the Science Channel and has appeared with media luminaries including Jay Leno, Dr. Oz, Hoda Kotb, and Kojo Nnamdi. His “Bug of the Week” website, and YouTube channel reach thousands of viewers weekly in more than 200 countries. His most recent book “26 Things that Bug Me” introduces youngsters to the wonders of insects and natural history while “Managing Insect and Mites on Woody Landscape Plants” is a standard for the arboricultural industry.
   Mike will be joined by Ms.Jessica Karunaratne. She is currently a staff member and part-time student at the University of Maryland. She spent the first 16 years of her career supporting research as a government contractor and was inspired to make a change after spending several years as a "Behind the Scenes Volunteer" at the Entomology department of the Smithsonian Institution of Natural History in Washington DC.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


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