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Atlas Moth Pinning Workshop

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Atlas Moth Pinning Workshop

Instructor: Don Ehlen

Date: 5/20 Time 2-4pm Price:$70

Join us for an informative and exciting workshop. You'll learn the techniques involved in preserving and displaying the largest and perhaps most exquisite-looking insect in the animal kingdom. When the male Atlas Moth emerges from its chrysalis, he unfurls his long, colourful wings and immediately seeks out the nearest female. He may have to fly miles before meeting her, yet he never lands to eat. Even if he was hungry, he could not stop, because members of his species no longer have a mouth. This may seem strange, but to the atlas and many other species of moth, a meal is just one of many distractions from what they really desire: reproduction. After he finds her only a week after emerging, he falls to the forest floor, having sacrificed everything in the pursuit of love. Your ticket price includes everything you'll need and you'll leave with professional equipment if you'd like to delve deeper into this fun hobby.

Here's a little about our instructor: Don has been interested in and studying insects since the age of five. He spent his childhood in Minnesota collecting specimens and reading every book about bugs that he could find. He took up serious collecting as a young adult while attending the University of Minnesota in 1981. After relocating to New Mexico in 1982 his collection grew dramatically. Don studied entomology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and traveled around the Southwest searching for new and interesting specimens. Don moved to Washington State in 1989 and soon after began voluntarily showing his collection to school children. Don started Insect Safari in 1994 responding to the encouragement of teachers that such a program was much needed to support insect study in elementary curriculum.