May 21, 2008
Master Gardeners are individuals who have an interest in horticulture, have taken the Master Gardener training offered by the extension service, and share their time and expertise with other gardeners. It is the acquisition of knowledge, the skill in gardening, and giving back to the community that distinguishes a Master Gardener from other gardeners.
Spring and early summer are good times to notice the diversity of insects in Iowa and now is the time to look for and appreciate some of the giants of the class, the giant silkworm moths. Iowa does not have many truly large insects. You have to go to the Tropics to find impressively-sized insects: walking sticks the length of you forearm, moths the size of dinner plates, beetles as big as your fist.