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Explore UT 2019

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 Photos: Alex Wild  

Explore UT is an annual event that encourages students to become excited about higher education and the research opportunities at The University of Texas. And what better way to elicit curiosity than with rows of animal skulls and live snakes, spiders, and cockroaches?

The UT Entomology Collection, the Billie L. Turner Plant Resources Center, and the Freshman Research Inititiative's Biodiversity Stream represented the Biodiversity Center on the March 2nd event, joining near 400 exhibits and activities. Students in the Freshman Research Initiative "Bugs in Bugs" stream taught young student visitors about the relationships between Texas native pollinators and the bacteria, yeasts, and viruses that live inside them.

The live arthropods on display included hissing cockroaches, black widow and brown recluse spiders, stick insects, and Cecropia moths, and were complented by display drawers showing hundreds of real research specimens from the UT insect collection.

Below is a great timelapse of the event, filmed by graduate student Megan O'Connell. The timelapse condenses an hour into a few seconds to show the popularity of the tables of the Biodiversity Center. Click on the image to watch the timelapse.

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