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What kind of bug is that?

Dave Worthington, National Park Service

When hiking along a trail, setting up camp or stopping in at the visitor’s center in Capitol Reef National Park, you will most likely come across bugs in your path. Some, like ants, may be easy to identify, but others like beetles or butterflies can be more difficult.

Park visitors, especially young children, often question what some bugs are while parents wonder if those insects bite or may be poisonous. Dave Worthington of the National Park Service says a new insect pocket guide created by UVU students is helping to answer those questions for all visitors.

UVU students spent time at Capitol Reef collecting insects from which they created an insect field guide that has a picture of each insect, its name, a description and key details, such as what it eats and its life history characteristics.

Park officials are excited to provide visitors with a useful guide that can be used for on-the-spot insect identification, information and education.

“Park rangers are sometimes unavailable when visitors see a unique insect while exploring in the park so we appreciate the new insect guide because park patrons can easily consult it to find answers to their questions,” Worthington says. “The guide helps visitors become more involved in the park experience, which is what we like to see.”

(Read about this story from the perspective of UVU students or faculty.)

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