Creepy Critter Ambassador

 

Me in preschool I am the forth one from the left in the striped shirt with an insect in my pocket no doubt.

Me in preschool I am the forth one from the left in the striped shirt with an insect in my pocket no doubt.

Last year a friend of mine posted a picture on Facebook of a group of us back in preschool. When the comments were being posted about who was who someone said “ There is Christy in the red striped shirt with an insect in her pocket, no doubt.”  Even at fours years old I was already known for playing with bugs and I do not remember a time that I did not have a Bug Zoo in my bedroom.  I know I drove my Mom crazy dirtying up her jars and the chasing the many escapees that wandered around the house.

Fast forward a few years (OK maybe a few decades and Bachelors in Entomology later), I read in my local paper about an insect group meeting that weekend at the Oakland Nature Preserve (ONP), which is just a couple of miles away from my home in Winter Garden Florida.  I was so excited to meet and hang out with fellow insect geeks as for many years I had felt alone.  At my first meeting I meet a fellow Entomologist Christian Miller whom was the gentleman running the group.

After swapping war stories about our mutual love of insects he asked me to speak to

Last August's Lecture on Diptera (Flies)

Last August’s Lecture on Diptera (Flies)

the group the next month about Urban Entomology.  Like most people, public speaking scares me but I went whole hog making Power Point slides and even bought my own slide clicker.  When Christian saw how passionate I was about teaching the public about insects he had me do even more lectures and I was off and running.  Ultimately he stepped down to pursue other interests and I took over running the group, which I have been doing for over seven years.  I christened the group

Grass-like mantis, Thesprotia graminis found on Insect Safari.

Grass-like mantis, Thesprotia graminis found on Insect Safari.

Central Florida Insects Enthusiasts and we meet the first Saturday of every month with an Insect Lecture followed by an Insect

Safari in the ONP.  On our Insect Safaris we have collected many different species of insects, spiders, various other arthropods and plus the occasional snake or lizard.

 

I like to think of myself as an ambassador for creepy crawly critters.  Because of my work

Horned Passalus Beetle Popilius disjunctus found on the Insect Safari.

Horned Passalus Beetle Popilius disjunctus found on the Insect Safari.

with Oakland Nature Preserve I have been asked to lecture and bring my Traveling Insect Zoo at schools and other events.  I have moved from glass jars to plenty of plastic containers so that the people will

pick up the containers to get a closer look at the insects.  One of my favorite things is listening to kids squeal when I bring out a big Florida Woods Roach and then watching their faces change from fear to fascination when they let the roach crawl on their hand.  I realize not everyone will learn to love insects like I do, but my goal is to get people over their complete fear of them and wishing them all dead. 

Christy LeDuc studied at Florida A&M University Class of 1992. She has a · BS Entomology

Teaching kids about insects at ONP Summer Camp

Teaching kids about insects at ONP Summer Camp

and Structural Pest Control · Minor: Chemistry · Minor: Biology · Tallahassee, Florida and her Facebook group can be found by clicking this link.

Her passion is on display at the Oakland Nature Preserve where insect enthusiasts meet to discuss, learn, collect insects in the Preserve in Oakland Florida on the first Saturday of the month at noon.

Last month's CFIE Insect Safari.  They all loved my pestcemetery t-shirt.

Last month’s CFIE Insect Safari. They all loved my pestcemetery t-shirt.

Christy LeDuc.....Creepy Critter Ambassador Extrodinaire

Christy LeDuc…..Creepy Critter Ambassador Extrodinaire

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.

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