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Fly into a world of insects with entomologist Clara Aus. In this hybrid course, participants will gain a basic understanding of entomology through weekly meetings. With topics ranging from insect anatomy to unique mating rituals and mutualistic interspecies relationships, this course will cover it all! Grow your knowledge of how insects evolved, how their bodies function and how to identify insects and take home new fun and weird insect facts to share with your family and friends.

For in-person participants, each class session will involve 1 hour of lecture and discussion as well as 15 minutes of exploration and observation in the Garden. Total instructional time over the course will be 6.25 hours.

For virtual participants, each class session will involve 1 hour of lecture and discussion only, but participants will be encouraged to go outside wherever they are and spend some time exploring and observing in their own garden/outdoor space on their own. Total instructional time over the course will be 5 hours.

In-Person Fees: Member $58, Non-Member $69

Virtual Fees: Member $40, Non-Member $48

All programs are subject to change. Pre-registration through our website is required.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden strives to be a Garden for all and we are committed to offering diverse adult learning opportunities that are inclusive and accessible to all learners. If you would like to request an accommodation to support your participation in an adult learning opportunity at the Garden, please contact [email protected] or call 804-262-9887 x328 and we will make our best effort to help.

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Saturday, April 13, 2024 - Saturday, May 11, 2024
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
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Event Details

Clara Aus

This course will take place over 5 Saturdays:

  • April 13
  • April 20
  • April 27
  • May 4
  • May 11

For in-person participants, class will last from 1 – 2:15 pm. For virtual participants, class will last from 1 -2 pm.

About the Instructor

Clara Aus is an avid bug collector and artist, having pinned hundreds of insect specimens for her personal collection as well as for Dr. Karen Kester’s VCU Bug Lab collection. A lifelong passion for insects led her to join the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden team in the M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! Exhibit. In 2023, Clara became the Butterflies LIVE! Coordinator, and she currently works in the Children’s Garden as an Educator. She enjoys pollinator gardening, reading the latest Entomology research, and educating others about insects! Clara hopes to strengthen engagement with the community about how we can help native pollinators in Virginia and the surrounding states by planting native plants, being environmentally friendly, and raising awareness.