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Singing Caterpillars and Sweet Symbiosis
Organization: Saint Vincent College
Description: Powdermill Nature Reserve, the environmental research center of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and Saint Vincent College Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing will jointly present “Singing Caterpillars and Sweet Symbiosis” by internationally recognized ecologist Dr. Philip J. DeVries as the second lecture in the Evolution and Ecology Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Fred M. Rogers Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College. Admission is free and no registration is required.

DeVries will describe the fascinating communication system between caterpillars and ants and discuss their intricate symbioses. He will explain that in exchange for protection against predators, butterfly caterpillars give ants nutritive secretions. The caterpillars also “talk” to the ants through chemical and acoustical calls.

The Evolution and Ecology Lecture Series was developed to address topics of special interest regarding biodiversity, conservation, behavioral ecology and evolution. This joint venture – which capitalizes on Powdermill Nature Reserve’s global network of researchers and Saint Vincent College’s commitment to education for its students and the community – provides the opportunity to hear from some of the world’s leading figures in ecology and evolutionary biology.

The series is being coordinated by Dr. John Wenzel, director of Powdermill Nature Reserve, and Dr. Bruce D. Bethke, associate professor and chair of the biology department at Saint Vincent.

Location: Fred M. Rogers Center at SVC, Latrobe

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