United Titanium Bug Zoo

Contributed by UTBZ Program Manager, Jeni Filbrun

Entomology welcomed benefactors from United Titanium Inc. (UTI), on Aug. 31, 2021, for the official ribbon cutting of the United Titanium Bug Zoo (UTBZ) and an up-close-and-personal visit with several of the inhabitants.

Owners of UTI, Michael and Stephanie Reardon, cut the ribbon, with Anne Dorrance, CFAES Associate Dean & Director of the CFAES Wooster Campus, and Keith DiDonato, CFAES chief advancement officerUTBZ Curator Jeni Filbrun with UTI visitors, the Reardons and Pat Simpson, long-time UTI Manager of Accounting (and mother of Entomology Wooster Office Associate Erin Parker!), while Entomology Associate Chair, Andy Michel, looks on.

The UTBZ has made strides to become an interesting and educational destination to learn about the wonderful world of arthropods! Along with the live arthropod displays, we also have been focusing on the static displays that grace the large cases in the front lobby. The College of Wooster’s Natural History of Invertebrates class came to discuss careers in Entomology. They helped create a display using the “six degrees of separation” activity for the field of Entomology. From the varied career paths of the class, the display showcases how any career can be enhanced with an Entomology degree.

Six degrees of separation for the field of Entomology. Display created during outreach and educational visit with undergraduate students at the UTBZ