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Regional entomology, garden pest expert to speak on March 18

March 4, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Whitney Cranshaw, Entomology professor and Extension Specialist for Colorado State University Extension, will be speaking Monday, March 18, at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman at 6 p.m. 

Cranshaw, author of Garden Insects of North America, Pests of the West, as well as many other publications on insects and mites of the Rocky Mountain region, will speak about aphids and gall-making insects and mites in the yard and garden. The program is hosted by the Montana State University Extension Master Gardener Program.

"I am really excited to have Whitney give a talk in Montana," said Toby Day, MSU Extension Horticulture Specialist and Montana Master Gardener Coordinator. "He is a great speaker and the most knowledgeable Entomologist that I know of in the Rocky Mountain region. I use his publications frequently when making recommendations about insects and mites."

Cranshaw will give two evening talks: 'Ode to an aphid,' and 'Gall-making Insects and Mites.'

His responsibilities with Extension in Colorado primarily involve outreach activities related to diagnosis and management of insect pests of horticulture crops. He also educates Master Gardeners on various insect and mite issues. His research includes development of management methods for insect/mite pests of landscape plants and vegetable crops.

"Anyone who is interested in gardening, trees, insects or mites shouldn't miss this opportunity," said Day. "I have seen him speak before and I think this will be a fun-filled evening. Whitney should have time for questions from the public. If you have always had questions about insects in your home, lawn, garden or farm, this would be a great opportunity to ask the expert."

Cranshaw will begin speaking at 6 p.m. at the Museum of the Rockies Hager Auditorium. Doors will open around 5:30 p.m., with treats and coffee available before and during the break. The cost for the evening is $5 at the door.

For more information on the Whitney Cranshaw seminar, contact Toby Day, Horticulture Specialist and Master Gardener Coordinator at 994-6523, or by e-mail, toby.day@montana.edu.

Contact: Sara Adlington (406) 994-4602 or sara@montana.edu.