Hokie Bugfest at the Science Museum of Western Virginia

Jackie Brown, Molly Darr, and Whitney Weaver show off bugs at the Science Museum of Western Virginia.

Jackie Brown, Molly Darr, and Whitney Weaver show off bugs at the Science Museum of Western Virginia.

On May 18, Department of Entomology faculty, staff, and graduate students showed off live arthropods (including tarantulas, exotic cockroaches, and scorpions) and pinned specimens in the newly renovated Science Museum of Western Virginia. The exhibit was mobbed all day by excited children and adults. The entomology display was a popular part of the reopening festivities of Roanoke’s Center in the Square.

More photos can be found at the Hokie Bugfest Facebook page.

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2 Responses to Hokie Bugfest at the Science Museum of Western Virginia

  1. Thanks for posting the great “preview” of the upcoming Hokie Bugfest! It was an opportunity to make people aware of our event, help out at the museum, and connect with the public.

  2. Mike Weaver says:

    The museum appearance was just a warmup for the real Hokie Bugfest. The annual festival takes place at the Inn at VT on October 19th, 2013. The all-day event will include our entire bug zoo (we now have over 60 tarantulas, among other attractions), laboratory and project exhibits ranging from apiculture to the zoological wonders of bioluminescence, Alberti Flea Circus, entomological arts and crafts (including our cockroach artists), a chance to be a wizard of entomology or earn a junior entomologist certificate, an insect collection judging contest, a buggy fun house, and many more attractions, prizes, and surprises! Don’t miss it! It happens only once a year!

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