By: Debbie Currie
On Saturday, September 19, 2015, the NCSU Libraries will be invading the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for its annual celebration of arthropod diversity, BugFest. The Libraries will join other campus groups at the event, including the NCSU Departments of Biological Sciences; Entomology; Mathematics; Materials Science and Engineering; and Plant Pathology; the NCSU iBioncS Lab; the Center for Integrated Pest Management; and Centennial Campus partner USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
BugFest is a free educational event that offers over 100 exhibits, presentations, crafts, games and activities that introduce the public to bugs from all parts of the world. You can get up close and personal with a variety of insects, including the theme bug – cicadas! Entomologists and other scientists are at the ready to answer questions about their research. And you can even sample insect cuisine prepared by local chefs in the renowned Café Insecta!
The Libraries brings its own twist to the event with its exhibit, “Ask Us! We Won’t Be Bugged!”, which will feature:
• Do-it-yourself origami insects and bugs
• Coloring sheets based on E.A. Seguy images from the Special Collections Research Center
• List of identification, health, husbandry and care of pet insects books in the Libraries’ collection
• Incredible edible bug recipes from books in the Libraries’ collection
BugFest runs from 9:00am-5:00pm, with Jones Street, The Plaza, Edenton Street, and all four floors of the Museum filled with insect mania! The BugFest Evening Insectival will be held from 5:00pm-7:00pm, and will feature live bands, bug stations, a nocturnal insect tour and a street carnival. For more information about BugFest: http://bugfest.org/