Arthro­pods, bugs and in­sects re­vealed

The Weekly Vista - - News - Staff Re­port

It took an en­tire year. Austin Jones, pres­i­dent of the Arkansas En­to­mo­log­i­cal So­ci­ety, ac­cu­mu­lated and iden­ti­fied creepy crawlies at Hobbs State Park just east of Rogers. He col­lected spec­i­mens in five dif­fer­ent Park habi­tats — creek ri­par­ian, reser­voir ri­par­ian, wooded, up­land, cleared, up­land field, and glade. Austin’s pro­ject is the first at Hobbs to trap, iden­tify, and now dis­sem­i­nate in­for­ma­tion on the arthro­pods, bugs and in­sects found within the 12,054 acres of Arkansas’s largest state park. Birds, mam­mals, rep­tiles, trees, flow­ers, bushes, am­phib­ians, but­ter­flies, etc. have been noted and in­ven­to­ried at the 52 Arkansas state parks, but Austin Jones’ year-long list will now al­low some of our of­ten missed crit­ters to be in­cluded in this ex­ten­sive in­ven­tory. Jones’ pro­gram will be the first time any­one, even the staff of Hobbs State Park, will have knowl­edge of his fas­ci­nat­ing study re­sults. This pro­gram will be held at 2 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 16, at Hobbs State Park Vis­i­tor Cen­ter lo­cated on Hwy. 12 just east of the Hwy. 12/ War Ea­gle Road in­ter­sec­tion. The pro­gram is free. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 479-789-5000.

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