Pending Public Appearance with Live Bug Show and Book Sale/signing:
https://www.arizonainsectfestival.com/ Oct. 20, 2019, 10 am to 3 pm, UA campus
A book: The Sting of the Wild
This true story and adventure book is written by Justin Schmidt, PhD. See https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/press-kit-sting-wild for details.
The audio version just came out 03/2017. Click https://www.amazon.com/The-Sting-of-the-Wild/dp/B06XK5PCJ2/ref=mt_audio_download?_encoding=UTF8&me= for a sample reading. The Japanese and Mandarin versions of the book also are published.
Besides public library, including its audio format, the book is available now via jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/content/sting-wild, code HNAF to save 30% or Amazon, Barns & Nobles, Goodreads etc. You may google him or Schmidt Pain Index to know more about him. Schmidt Pain Index was quoted twice by movie Ant-man when bullet ants were mentioned. The high quality Johns Hopkins University Press invited and convinced Justin to write about Schmidt Pain Index for the public. He spent 4-5 years in finishing this semi autobiography with focus on the magic of stinging insects. We want to share this nature beauty with as many people as we can.
The book is a true story (nature is often more amazing than our fictional imagination). It is suitable for 5 year olds to be read to for the wonder of science, for teenagers about puberty rights ceremonies involving stinging insects by various cultures, for everyone who has a curiosity about nature, including insects which comprise more than 50% of all living species. It enriches one’s experience with nature. It helps calm the public fear because the purpose of a small insect, is not to terrorize us, but to get food and protect itself or its young, just as we do. We simply need not be in the way of its business. Enjoy the coexistence of nature diversity and beauty.
Birders, did you know that king birds only eats male bees because they do not have a sting? We had our usual family traveling experience in Costa Rica. Justin noticed a special caterpillar-hunting digger wasp among a patch of leaves on a trail. He told us this solitary wasp species shows that insects have the ability to use tools almost like chimpanzees, by placing a pebble over the nest entrance to protect her nest. Other travel groups were intrigued and started surrounding us. Justin became a free, impromptu tour guide. After that experience, the travelers said: wow, we also need to look down while on nature trails!
Just like birding, insecting! http://www.insectamovie.org/.