The Purdue University Department of Entomology took part in the 2009 BioBlitz that was held at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore from noon on Friday, May 15, until noon on Saturday, May 16. This event was hosted by the National Geographic Society and the National Park Service and meant to catalogue and celebrate the biodiversity of the Dunes.
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For some, it's already after bedtime. Not so Purdue entomologist Jeff Holland, who's led a small crew from Base Camp out to hunt for moths, midges, and other nocturnal flying bugs with the aid of a long net on a pole and a blinding light, brought in to illuminate the grounds.
Holland's on hand with an entourage of fellow Purdue University faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates, all examining insects and discussing their finds, a litany of Latin names.