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Loyola Entomology students have been busy attracting, collecting and identifying insects.

Loyola University New Orleans Biology professor Aimée K. Thomas and students in the Entomology class have been busy learning about insects. During the first month of the fall semester, they collected insects and participated in the New Orleans City Park BioBlitz project (Figure 1), had a private guided tour with Zack Lemann, Animal and Visitor Programs Manager at the Audubon Butterfly Garden Insectarium (Figure 2), spent an evening at Audubon Park learning how to attract, collect and identify insects with Lemann (Figure 3) and participated in a spider/insect walk at the Lake Thoreau Environmental Center in Hattiesburg, MS (Figure 4).  These field experiences allowed the students to collect and identify more than 50 insects and spiders in a relatively short period of time.