Archive Monthly Meeting October 2015
SPIDERS ALIVE! & THE BUTTERFLY CONSERVATORY
Louis Sorkin, Arachnid Wrangler
Hazel Davies, Butterfly Wrangler
Where: Gallery 77 & 2nd Floor Conservatory
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Time: 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Bring Spring into your Fall with live spiders, vinegaroons, scorpions and tropical butterflies! Please join our two wranglers and their arthropod friends.
In Spiders Alive! visitors can explore spiders’ anatomy, diversity, venom, silk, and behavior including little-known defensive mechanisms such as mimicry and noise-making. In addition to live arachnids, including 16 spider species that range from the goliath bird eater, one of the largest spiders in the world to the western black widow—the exhibition features larger-than-life models, videos, and fossils. Learn about spiders’ key characteristics; where spiders are found; how they are adapted to their environment; the roles they play in their ecosystems; and how scientists study spiders. We’ll be able to go hands-on with some of the live specimens, too. Get a good look at the southern house spider – the one that’s always hiding. Did you ever hold a vinegaroon?
Once again, The Butterfly Conservatory is open and we are able to get a private viewing of the live tropical butterflies and moths. There are more species fluttering this year in the vivarium than in previous years. See close up newly arrived pupae from Florida; learn all about their life; their close association with plants; the dangers they face and how they are adapted to overcome them. With over 500 individuals flying and at least 80 species on display this is one the Museum's most exciting exhibits (at least, from an entomophile’s point of view!).
Please meet in the Grand Gallery at the 77th Street entrance. First we’ll crawl over to Gallery 77 and then fly up to the 2nd floor exhibit.
Dinner: To be decided ….. 9:00PM
Speaking of dinner… on November 21 we will be celebrating an early 125th anniversary – actually the 123rd … For those of you who were there, remember the 100th in 1992? Keep an eye out for postings, emails and twitter feeds (@nyentsoc) about the upcoming celebration, tickets, etc.
Society meetings are always open to the public with no admission charge.