The Entomology Class for Fall 2017 took a field day out to Stengl Lost Pines Biological Station on Saturday, September 29. Stengl is a field station within the University of Texas Biodiversity Center. Less than an hour from the UT campus, this research station has hundreds of acres available for student and faculty research. The habitat is more like that of east Texas, with sandy soils underfoot and loblolly pines dominating the canopy. The soils and climate of the Lost Pines region allow trees we usually associate with eastern deciduous or pine forests to live in central Texas. For that reason, students find different species of oaks, junipers, hackberries, etc. from those at Brackenridge Field Laboratory.
Notable enotomological finds from this trip include angel insects (Zoraptera) and a large waterscorpion (Nepidae, Ranatra sp.).
Below is a gallery of current and former students and volunteers collecting insects!