San Angelo State Park holds bug and insect hike

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San Angelo State Park took advantage of the recent bump in temperatures, and the start of spring break, to offer some learning opportunities.

“We’re going to be doing an insect hike,” explained Kip Moore with the park stadd. “I’m going to be taking people on the Red Dam loop here at the state park. Probably going to, see what we can find. Insects, butterflies, bees and things like that. Maybe a few spiders if we’re lucky; I know everybody loves those.”

The purpose of the hike is both to get some steps in exploring the park, and to educate participants on the smaller critters that call the park home. “To teach people about insects, raise awareness,” Kip elaborated. “I actually study entomology at ASU so, I’m hoping that I can teach some things that people didn’t know before about insects.”

Students and parents are encouraged to ask questions. Moore clued us in on what he gets asked most often. “Is said insect poisonous, I get that one a lot,” said Moore. “And, there is always the miscommunication of what poison or venom is. A lot of biologists are concerned about that one. But certainly the safety of whether or not to handle the insect.”

Some of the bugs and insects that call the Concho Valley home include carpenter ants, honey bees, scorpions and camel spiders. Butterflies are also common, and many will recall that monarch butterflies migrate through the park annually.

For more San Angelo State Park events and learning oportunities, visit the park website.

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