Bugs go virtual

BugFest 2020 to begin Sept. 14

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Posted 9/11/20

This year, BugFest goes online and international. Join the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Sept. 14-19 for six full days of programs that let attendees interact with entomologists from …

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Bugs go virtual

BugFest 2020 to begin Sept. 14

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This year, BugFest goes online and international. Join the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Sept. 14-19 for six full days of programs that let attendees interact with entomologists from North Carolina and around the world as they learn about the fascinating world of bugs. A full list of programs is available at BugFest.org, where you can register for free to attend any of the dozens of buggy offerings.

BugFest 2020 puts its spotlight on the fly. True flies are one of the most amazing and diverse groups of insects, with approximately 110,000 described species of true flies found worldwide. They not only have a wide range of appearance, from metallic greens and blues to dark grays and blacks, but they fill the role of mimics, predators, pollinators, recyclers and everything in between. You’ll learn about an assortment of “superflies,” ranging from the chocolate fly that pollinates the flower of the cacao tree, to the blow fly that helps solve crimes through the field known as forensic entomology.

You’ll hear from Timothy Winegard, author of the New York Times best-selling book “The Mosquito: A Human History of our Deadliest Predator,” as well as Dr. Erica McAlister of the Natural History Museum in London, for a look under the bonnet of the astonishing mechanics of fly anatomy. You can also meet the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Director and CEO Eric Dorfman and Chief Veterinarian Dan Dombrowski, co-hosts of a new podcast called “Love Nature: The Biophilia Podcast” that delves into humans’ innate tendency to seek out connections with nature and other living things.

Discover an array of Paleozoic megabugs – enormous insects from before the time of the dinosaurs, including giant millipedes and huge scorpions. Learn how to tie fishing flies specific to North Carolina with staff from Orvis or get a bee’s-eye view of a live honey bee hive inspection with beekeepers from the Five Counties Beekeepers Association. Get a macro-photographic introduction to bizarre and beautiful flies of NC or try out our BugFest edition of Trivia Tuesday. We even have Bug Yoga for Kids.

About the museum

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. Hours beginning Sept. 22: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is free. For more information, visit www.naturalsciences.org.

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