Budding entomologists swarm to Hokie Bugfest

Kids of all ages are fascinated by the displays at Hokie Bugfest.

Kids of all ages are fascinated by the displays at Hokie Bugfest.

The 2013 Hokie Bugfest brought more than 4,200 people swarming to The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center this fall to learn about the dozens of tarantulas, hissing cockroaches, glowing scorpions, and other bugs on display.

“This event continues to grow every year, both in terms of the number of people and the scope of the displays we have on hand,” said Mike Weaver, director of the Virginia Tech Pesticide Program and Virginia Cooperative Extension’s coordinator of pesticide programs. “The best part is having children return a year after their last Hokie Bugfest and tell us about what they have found in their backyard since the last event.”

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