Saturday and Sunday,
August 10 and 11, 2013
10 am–5 pm
Free with General Admission
Entomology, the study of bugs, has been the focus of the Academy since we opened our doors more than 200 years ago. Our annual Bug Fest is the culmination of our discovery and research, as well as our love for teaching the community about these fascinating, beautiful, and mysterious creatures. Join us on August 10 and 11 to experience Masters of Deception at our sixth annual Bug Fest. Watch live bugs cleverly mimic other objects and use camouflage to survive and thrive in the natural world. In addition to viewing bugs from around the world, you can also:
- Cheer on your favorite roach in the “Roach Race 500”
- Eat creepy-crawly cuisine
- Take a bug walk
- Meet real entomologists
Bug Fest 2013 Details:
Masquerade Bug Ball
Get buggy on the dance floor, have your face painted, and get an insect tattoo! Anything goes at the Bug Ball!
Bug Tasting Sessions
(Periodically throughout the day)
Taste our famous chocolate chirp cookies or one of this year’s delicious new creations!
Noon and 2 p.m.
Rock out (or bug out) with the Rubber Souls as they perform the music of the Beatles!
Meet the Entomologists
Talk with experts from the Academy and the American Entomological Society, and find out about current research projects. Stop by the “Ask an Entomologist” booth and get answers to whatever insect questions are bugging you.
On the hour from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Join the Academy entomologists on an expedition through Logan Circle and Sister Cities Park. You’ll be amazed by what you find! Space is limited. Please sign up in advance in the North American Hall on level one.
Masters of Deception
Will you be deceived? Visit our live invertebrate displays to see if you can spot the masters of deception! Get an up-close look at these amazing insects!
Learn how to collect, pin, and care for your own insect specimens during this hands-on demonstration. You’ll even get to take home your very own pinned beetle! Insects, pins, and scientific labels are provided while supplies last.
Roach Race 500
Every half hour, 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Roach Race 500 is bigger and better than ever this year! We’ve added two new tracks to make the races even more exciting and challenging! Come and cheer for your favorite roach as different tracks and obstacles test its speed and agility.
Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.
Is it a leaf or an insect? Is it a bee or a fly? Imposters are taking over the auditorium! Get a unique perspective into the world of camouflage and mimicry during this interactive show with live bugs!
Saturday & Sunday, 1 p.m.
Join Cajun chef extraordinaire Zack Lemann while he cooks up some yummy buggy dishes, including chocolate chirp cookies!
Imposters and Tricksters of the Bug World
Saturday & Sunday, 3 p.m.
Many bugs survive by pulling a fast one on their enemies. Children’s book author and Director of Visual Resources for Ornithology Doug Wechsler will show you how they do it. Wechsler will present photos of unusual bugs both from the backyard and the far corners of the world, revealing these bugs’ secret tricks for survival.
Make your own interesting insects to take home. Create a tricky stick insect or a cunning caterpillar. Disguise yourself as an owl butterfly for the Masquerade Bug Ball!
Will you be deceived? Visit our live invertebrate displays to get an up-close look at these amazing insects!
12 and 12:30 p.m.
What is mimicry? How do insects use “disguises” as defenses? Academy entomologist Isa Betancourt will answer these questions and guide you through the different types of mimicry with amazing, real specimens. It’s a fun and interactive program for the whole family!
Buggy Believe It or Not
10–11:30 a.m., 1–5 p.m.
Think you could tell a real bug from a make-believe one? Don’t be deceived by our outrageous insect tales and try your hand at drawing some of the world’s craziest critters.
Supported by Drexel University Culinary Arts