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Come out to Bugfest 2018 on September 15th and see my mantis booth along with the rest of this amazing event. See the press release below for some more info:

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Crawfish, crawdad, mudbug, yabby. These all are names for one charismatic critter: the crayfish. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is home to one of the largest crayfish collections in the world, with more than 60,000 specimens. But why are crayfish featured at BugFest this year? Regardless of the name, this event celebrates all arthropods, a group that includes insects (like butterflies and beetles), arachnids (spiders and scorpions), myriapods (centipedes and millipedes) and crustaceans (where the crayfish belong), as well as true bugs (like cicadas and planthoppers). Come find out how large and diverse the arthropods can be as the museum hosts the 23rd annual BugFest, Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

This free event, the largest one-day bug-centric event in the country, introduces visitors to a range of arthropods from North Carolina and around the world. You’ll see Mexican red-rump tarantulas, Madagascar hissing cockroaches and Asian tiger mosquitoes, as well as wolf spiders, emperor scorpions, tarantula hawks and much more. Throughout the day, BugFest offers bugs and bug experts, games and activities (like the Stag Beetle Battles and Roachingham 500), live music, movies and presentations to entertain and educate the entire family. 

At 1:30 p.m., say hello to the King of Sting, aka the Connoisseur of Pain, aka Justin O. Schmidt, creator of the Schmidt Sting Pain Index (for which he won an Ig Nobel Prize in 2015) and research entomologist at the Southwest Biological Institute. Schmidt will talk about exactly why (and how) he got stung more than 1,000 times by 83 different insects, all in the name of science. In his presentation — “The Sting of the Wild: Stinging Insects Are Beautiful!” — Schmidt will reveal why stinging insects are beautiful ... spoiler ... because they sting! “Their ability to sting not only makes them conspicuous and beautiful, it also allows them to have fascinating lives,” he says. “The Sting Pain Index is one way we can measure our fascination with stinging insects.”

If looking at all these insects makes you hungry, you can grab a plate of unique food at the Café Insecta, where local restaurants offer a variety of free bug-filled fare ranging from Live Bait Banana Brulee to Meal Worm Aranchini. Eating bugs might sound weird, but not eating bugs is even weirder. Whether it's Mexican agave worms or South African locust porridge, bug-filled dishes have found their way into the culinary palates of up to 80 percent of countries on Earth. And yes, they’re good for you. Whole insects are high in fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

BugFest is brought to you by Terminix Companies of Eastern North Carolina and BASF. 

Jim Haugh, CEO of Terminix Companies of Eastern North Carolina, eagerly anticipates the company’s participation in the 23rd annual BugFest. “My colleagues and I are always delighted to support this extraordinary festival with its spotlight on some of the most amazing arthropods on the planet. This year’s focus on crayfish and other crustaceans will offer participants a look at a truly fascinating group of creatures, and I am personally delighted that their history and the unique place they occupy in the animal kingdom will be featured. For Terminix and its employees, this event provides a meaningful opportunity that helps us fulfill a core value of Terminix to provide people of all ages accurate information about the animal world.”

Noting BASF’s appreciation for initiatives that are important to quality of life in the locations where its employees live and work, Community Relations Manager Carrie Gray said, “We highly value the partnership with the Museum; our collaboration creates great chemistry for everyone involved and engages employees in an exhilarating and relevant outreach effort on-site at BugFest. BASF sponsors BugFest because we share with the Museum the goal of providing unique educational opportunities year-round at no cost to participants. We’re also passionate about providing young people hands-on opportunities to interact with entomologists and other scientists and to learn about the role we all play in a sustainable future.” 

For more information about the event, including a complete list of presentations, exhibits and activities, visit bugfest.org.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh (11 and 121 W. Jones St.) is an active research institution that engages visitors of every age and stage of learning in the wonders of science and the natural world. Emlyn Koster, PhD, Director. Hours: Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, noon–5 p.m. General admission is free. For more information, visit naturalsciences.org. 

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

 

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

 

 

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Unfortunately BF may be cancelled due to the giant hurricane that is supposed to hit us early Friday morning. 

 

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Hi all. 

Bugfest is this weekend! Come out and see us. 

 

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Another great year! The crowd was a bit smaller due to the date change and the fact the state fair was going on at the same time. 

Big thanks goes out to the museum volunteers who helped me.

Also, a huge thank you to Yen Saw for providing me some mantids and merchandise! Also big thanks to hierodula for providing me some mantids! This makes all the difference. Thanks so much to both of you. 

I also had the pleasure of speaking to a couple forum members.  Hoping maybe they will help me next year at the exhibit. 

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