June 14, 2018

Contact: Brian Quinn

Graham Cave State Park hosts Wacky World of Insects event June 23

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JUNE 14, 2018 – Graham Cave State Park will host a Wacky World of Insects educational event 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the park. Join park naturalist Lorie Volenberg as she shares a wide array of wacky tactics that insects have developed to survive and ensure the success of their offspring.

Insects are perhaps the most diverse group of organisms in the world. Scientists estimate there are 91,000 species in the United States alone! During the 30-minute program, participants will hear about ants that farm aphids, wasps that turn caterpillars into “zombies,” and caterpillars that trick ants. Then Volenberg will guide them on a 0.3-mile hike along Fern Ridge Trail where they will go on an insect safari.

The program will start at the park’s Graham Cave Trailhead in the lower picnic area. Hikers are encouraged to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and to bring a bottle of water. Insect repellent for a few pesky species of insects is strongly recommended.  

Graham Cave State Park is located on Highway TT, 2 miles west of Highway 161 and the 170 Exit on I-70, Danville. For more information about the event, call Graham Cave State Park at 573-564-3476.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.