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Charismatic Microfauna And You: It's The Bug Show!

Are you a butterfly watcher? A beekeeper? Do you want to broaden your scope of bug knowledge to the lives and habits of moths, dragonflies and tiger beetles? You're in luck: it's our annual bug show!

We're talking with experts about insect-watching, the state's pollinators and what effect the year's weird weather has had on the bug population.

We're joined by Kent McFarland, a conservation biologist and co-host of VPR's Outdoor Radio. And by writer and field naturalist Bryan Pfeiffer.

These are some resources mentioned by our guests during the show:

  • Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America by Eric R. Eaton and Kenn Kaufman
  • Common Spiders of North America by Richard A. Bradley, illustrated by Steve Buchanan
  • Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America by David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie

McFarland also recommended these additional links:

Plus, see some photographs provided by Pfeiffer in the slideshow at the top of the post.
Also on the program: We're talking with Peggy Farabaugh, a Vermont small business owner about how she's collaborating with activists from across three countries on conserving habitats for monarch butterflies.

www.forestsformonarchs.org

Broadcast on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 at noon and 7 p.m.

One in five Vermonters is considered elderly. But what does being elderly even mean — and what do Vermonters need to know as they age? I’m looking into how aging in Vermont impacts living essentials such as jobs, health care and housing. And also how aging impacts the stuff of life: marriage, loss, dating and sex.