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What insect is that?

News release
05 October 2016

Have you ever looked at an insect and wondered what it was?

Two upcoming events on Kangaroo Island could help provide some answers.

Natural Resources Kangaroo Island Wildlife Program Manager Robyn Molsher said two family fun insect events would be held October and December to help catch, identify and learn about the Island’s insects.

“Local entomologist Richard Glatz will be attending to talk about the secret life of insects and provide information on the enigma moth, an ancient species of moth recently discovered on the island,” Ms Molsher said.

“Insects play an extremely important role in the web of life as they are nature’s pollinators, sweepers of leaf litter, garbage collectors, soil conditioners and producers of natural fertiliser.

“They also act as decomposers and provide food for many animals, including humans.

“Without insects such as bees, we would not have the crops and food that we depend on.”

Everyone is welcome at the family fun events, which will be held on 9 October from 11 am-1 pm at Parndana Lions Park, and on 11 December from 11 am-1 pm at Flinders Chase Visitor Centre.

Both events will include a free sausage sizzle.

Please RSVP to the Natural Resources Centre in Kingscote on 8553 4444 or email

For more information on insects, collect a copy of the brochure, Insects of Kangaroo Island, from the Natural Resources Centre in Kingscote.

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8553 4444