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Entomologist PJ Liesch recently visited Minocqua and Kemp Natural resources station to talk about insects.
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P.J. Liesch, of the UW-Madison Department of Entomology and UW Colleges / UW-Extension, recently taught kids about insects at the Kemp Natural Resources Station! Check out great photos from event host Minocqua Public Library:

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UW-Madison Department of Entomology shared Minocqua Public Library's album.

PJ Liesch of the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab recently visited the Kemp Natural Resources Station last week to teach kids about insects. No better way to learn about insects than to get your hands dirty by collecting some!
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We had a great group at Kemp Station Thursday for Exploring the World of Insects with P.J. Liesch, an Extension Entomologist from UW-Madison's Insect Diagnostic Lab. The kids examined insect specimens and held a live Madagascar hissing cockroach -- COOL! They also drew their own version of an insect and spent time on the Kemp grounds collecting samples. Many thanks to P.J. Liesch for his excellent program, which kept these youngsters very interested in Wisconsin insects. Thanks also to Kemp Natural Resources Station for facilitating this event. We will be at Kemp for three more events this summer, so check the summer reading program schedule on our homepage for those opportunities.

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Jumping Oak Galls
These tiny (~1mm wide) structures (galls) from oak leaves contain miniature wasp larvae (Neuroterus sp.). These particular galls are commonly known as "jumping oak galls" due to their rather unusual behavior: as the galls mature, they fall from plants and the galls jump around until landing in a secure place (often under leaf litter) where the insect larvae will pupate and turn into adults. Imagine coming home from work to find millions of jumping galls on your driveway!
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Maggie Lais, Tim A Paskewitz and 23 others like this

Maggie LaisSo when people talk about Mexican Jumping Beans, they are actually oak galls! Cool!

6 days ago   ·  1

Laura HuberDo you have a photo of the galls on oak leaves that you could share? Do they form on both white and black oaks or just one family or the other?

2 weeks ago   ·  1

Miguel ZavalaIn Mexico we call jumping beans...

1 week ago   ·  1

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