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NMSU entomologist to speak on 'Bug Love,' a light-hearted insight into insect mating behaviors

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Tired of the same old wine, roses and candle-lit dinner to celebrate Valentine's Day? Why not try something a little different this year?

To kick off its 2013 Naturalist Series, Bernalillo County Open Space has invited New Mexico State University entomologist Tess Grasswitz to talk on the subject of "Bug Love," a light-hearted, but informative exposť of the weird and wonderful world of insect courtship and mating behavior.

"Come learn about the hazards of mating for male fireflies and mantids," Grasswitz said. "Or how dragonflies ensure paternity, why size matters sometimes. And why being highly desirable might not be high on the priorities of a female bed bug."

This event will be from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Bachechi Open Space Environmental Education Building, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque. There is no charge for attending, but space is limited, so please pre-register by contacting Colleen Langan-McRoberts, open space coordinator, 505-314-0398 or by email at calangan@bernco.gov.