One species can lift 800 times its own weight

Retired entomologist to share remarkable world of beetles at Merryspring

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CAMDEN — It is estimated that 25% of all animal species on the planet are beetles, according to Merryspring Nature Center, in a news release. This proliferation has resulted in amazing diversity. They range in length from 1/100 of an inch to six inches.

One species can lift 800 times its own weight, another mixes two chemicals to produce a toxic spray in a process similar to how rockets are propelled. The lightning beetle (firefly) produces light that is 90% efficient and another beetle species can sense a forest fire 80 miles away and flies into it to lay its eggs.

These are just a few of the fascinating stories that Bob Emmons will relate in his presentation, Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 12 p.m., at Merryspring Nature Center. 

Bob Emmons taught at the State University of New York for 31 years. He has since retired to Midcoast Maine.

This lecture is part of the Winter Talk series at Merryspring, sponsored by Allen Insurance and Financial. Admission to Tuesday talks is $5, with free admission for members of Merryspring.


Merryspring is a community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round.

The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza.

For more information on this program, contact or call 207-236-2239.



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Event Date: 

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:00pm

Event Location: 

Merryspring Nature Center


Merryspring Nature Center
Camden  Maine
United States