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Naturalis meets North Carolina: Bugfest

Posted on 20-09-2017 by Becky Desjardins

Greetings from the USA where I will am working at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCSM) until 1 November!

I am helping out in the bird department, preparing birds (and mammals) from here to go back to the Netherlands and also helping out with some field projects and work in the collections. Follow along with my adventures in this blog!

Have you ever eaten cricket tempura? I did, as part of  NCSM’s annual Bugfest.  This event is always the third Saturday in September, and it is the museum’s biggest event of the year!  Thirty thousand visitors come to check out over 100 educational booths throughout the museum buildings and on the grounds.  In addition there is face painting, music and the famous Cafe Insecta, where you can eat insect dishes (buglova and ant-cheladas, anyone?) prepared by chefs from some of the area’s most delicious restaurants.

Have you ever eaten cricket tempura? I did, as part of  NCSM’s annual Bugfest.  This event is always the third Saturday in September, and it is the museum’s biggest event of the year!  Thirty thousand visitors come to check out over 100 educational booths throughout the museum buildings and on the grounds.  In addition there is face painting, music and the famous Cafe Insecta, where you can eat insect dishes (buglova and ant-cheladas, anyone?) prepared by chefs from some of the area’s most delicious restaurants.


My favorite booth was the cockroach races. The museum’s Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches run down a short tube for fame and glory, sort of.  Members of the audience bet on a roach based on which colored racetrack they are in, and then they race! You win a prize, a rubber roach, if your cockroach wins.  I chose the orange roach (of course) and after a slow start (he was facing the wrong way) he won!  

Bugfest is a really fun day, and it is so nice to see so many people overcoming their fear of long legs and stingers to learn what a large and  important part of biodiversity insects are.

 

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