Insect Identification and Diagnostics for Master Gardeners (Flint)

Date: December 9, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: MSU Extension Genesee County, 605 N. Saginaw (Suite 1A), Flint, MI 48502
Contact: Abiya (Abi) Saeed,

Cost:  $50, includes lunch and 30x hand lens

We all know how frustrating it can be. ‘Something’ is eating your clematis or broccoli or roses or boxwood, leaving leaves and /or blossoms tattered or missing in action! You know from your integrated pest management training that step one in controlling the problem is identifying the ‘pest’. Two wings or four? Sucking mouthparts or chewing mouthparts? Short or bristly antennae? Join us to learn how to use a dichotomous key and make the correct identification of your garden pest easier.

MSU Extension Instructor Abi Saeed is offering a day of interactive, hands-on entomology education. 

 The day will include:

  • Basics of insect biology
  • Overview of common insect orders
  • Instructions on the use of a dichotomous key
  • Working with a dissecting microscope, and
  • Discussion about insect ecology and the importance to gardeners

Join us for this fun and informative class. Space is limited to 35 participants so don’t delay - register today! 

Registration deadline: Dec. 4, 2017 or until the class is full.  
No registrations at the door.

Abiya ‘Abi’ Saeed
MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Program Instructor, Genesee County

Abi was born in Pakistan, and immigrated to Canada with her family when she was 11 years old. She completed her Master’s Degree in Entomology from the University of Kentucky in 2014. She conducted a variety of research, mostly involving bees, and also played various leadership roles in the Entomology Club. She loves everything related to bugs, including eating them, and actually has a published article on Entomophagy (the act of eating insects) as a solution to feeding the world’s growing population! She loves bringing scientific information to the public.

This class will provide: 5 education hours toward Master Gardener re-/certification requirements

Education hours apply to: Environmental Stewardship – Integrated Pest Management

There is a cancellation fee of $15 for cancellations.


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