Monday, November 6, 2017

Insecta Fiesta Was a HUGE Hit!

If you didn't make Insecta Fiesta this year, you missed out on a great time!  But be sure to mark your calendars for our next venture in entomophagy on October 20th for an Insecta Fiesta Bar-BUG-Que.  We are planning a family style Bar-BUG-Que lunch with activities for the kids, a great raffle, honey sale, cockroach races, and a costume contest.  It'll be the Halloween hit of the year!


Even Insects Dress Up for Halloween!

Yes, even insects like to wear costumes.  This little guy is a green lacewing larvae that has disguised himself by taking bits of debris and gluing it to his back.  They commonly called Debris Carrying Lacewing Larvae and use the debris as camoflauge and because it makes them "smell" a little more like their prey, so they aren't detected as easily.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall Armyworms on the March in South, Central Texas!

Fall armyworms are not an every year occurrence, but when they do make an appearance, they're numbers can be amazing!


Photo courtesy of Herb Haglund



Fall armyworms have several generations throughout the spring, summer and fall.  As their name would imply, the fall generations are often the most populous.

Damage occurs as they feed on foliage.  Fall armyworms can appear to "march" along turf and other plants in their way, consuming the plant tissue in their path.

Fortunately, the outbreaks we are seeing currently are not associated with turf damage.  However, if you are seeing fall armyworms crawling along the driveway, sidewalks, or up the house, take a look look at the turf for signs of damage.  Catch it quickly to prevent major damage.  Spinosad or Bt are good, organic options.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Insecta Fiesta!!!!


We hope you will consider joining us for our 3rd Annual INSECTA FIESTA!  An evening of entomophagy!  We will incorporate insects into the four-course meal with optional pairing.  Learn how insects can also be a sustainable source of agriculture and protein!  Did you know that insects require less water, space, and grain AND provide more protein than beef, chicken or pork.



Food prepared by Bombay Salsa Company and San Antonio Botanical Garden Chefs. Expect a dessert provided by a celebrity chef as well!  Table service provided by 4-H youth in the food challenge and entomology teams.



Should you choose the pairing option, expect a specialty cocktail developed just for our event by a bartender specialist, beer from Blue Star Brewing Company and either a sparkling pilsner or local sweet wine.



Don’t let the bug dinner scare you – food will be excellent and you may not even realize there are insects on the menu! 

This year we are offering table sponsorships – if you would like to promote your business, consider purchasing a table for $550, $700 or $850 to fit up to 9 people.  Details of sponsorship levels and what you will receive on registration website (http://AgrilifeRegister.tamu.edu/BexarCounty)



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Healthy Cooking School

Learn from the best!  Texas A&M AgriLife's Family and Consumer Sciences program is providing a Healthy Cooking School called "Dinner Tonight".

Learn how to cook a healthy meal for your family during a meal demonstration, eat a healthy dinner and get the chance to learn from various vendors, door prizes, and some Thai Chi relaxation techniques.

Registered dieticians and chefs will prepare the meal all while demonstrating how you can do this at home.

Join us!  Register at http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/dinnertonight
Cost is only $20 for a meal, door prizes, education, cookbook, and much more!