Tue, Jan 29|
Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium
Bugs on Bugs: Parasitoids of the Insect World
Time & Location
Jan 29, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium, 218 E Front St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA
About The Event
Tickets: $8, $5 for members
The Insectarium exhibit area will reopen briefly after the event, until about 8:30pm.
Two complementary drinks are included with your admission.
Must be 21 or over for alcohol.
Some of the most fascinating, complex, and gruesome life histories of the insect
world belong to the parasitoids. Parasitoids blur the line between parasite and predator. They gradually
consume a living host while they develop (as parasites do), but they ultimately kill their host (as
predators do). Parasitoids have developed extreme strategies to subdue their hosts’ immune systems,
hijack their hosts’ behavior and locate new hosts to feed the next hungry generation. While you might
be tempted to think that such a bizarre lifestyle must be relatively uncommon, roughly 10% of all
described insect species are parasitoids. Come learn about these amazing insects that have inspired
wonder and horror amongst scientists for centuries.
Speaker bio: Allison Dehnel is an entomologist with an inordinate fondness for parasitoids. She studied
parasitic wasps that feed on aphids for her master’s thesis and is delighted to dive back into the complex
and creepy world of parasitoids for Bugs and Brews. Allison is currently on staff as the Museum
Interpreter at the Missoula Insectarium.