Bugs Below Zero
Discovering Winter Aquatic Insects in Minnesota
Join the Bugs Below Zero research team at the Bell Museum to meet Minnesota’s winter aquatic insects and learn about their important role in fall and winter stream food webs. Connect with insect and fish researchers associated with the Bugs Below Zero project and learn how you might participate in upcoming activities.
There will be a chance to discuss research with University of Minnesota science experts and educational stations for adults, students, kids, and families, including interactive insect demonstrations, crafts, and multimedia learning content focused on connecting seasons, streams, aquatic insects, and fish.
did you know?
Some insects (including stoneflies, mayflies, caddisflies and non-biting midges) are active in the winter months? These bugs are able to survive below-zero temperatures and can often be found on snowbanks! They are also a vitally important food for trout. Researchers are examining how seasonal changes may alter these insects’ life-cycles and trout populations.
Meet Minnesota’s winter aquatic insects and learn about their unique life-cycles and adaptations. Connect with researchers associated with the Bugs Below Zero project who are trying to understand how climate change might disrupt stream food webs. Learn how you can participate in the Bugs Below Zero project and help researchers by monitoring insects on stream banks this winter.