Arthropods, bugs and insects revealed
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.