Preview: BugFest at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

13 virtual programs and 2 in-person programs all about the bee
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Photo courtesy of NCMNS

What’s all the buzz about? BugFest returns to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) Sept. 13-18, and the arthropod for this year is the bee. Due to Covid-19, this family-friendly experience will look a little different this year.  Their “Plan Bee!” brings programming to you virtually Monday-Thursday and will have two in-person outdoor events on Saturday, Sept. 18: The Pollination Celebration and the Moth Party. All events are free and we think that’s the bee’s knees.

Virtual Programming

Fly to your computers Monday, Sept. 13 thru Thursday, Sept. 16 for 13 bee-focused virtual talks. Some highlights include “Bumble Bee Watch Citizen Science Adventures” and “Get to Know Your Carpenter Bees”. The former is a video tutorial that covers how to classify a bumble bee apart from other common bees that may be buzzing in your backyard. This lesson happens on Monday, Sept. 13 from 10-11am. The latter is a talk about an insect North Carolinians may be very familiar with, the Carpenter Bee. You may have seen this bulbous bee burrow into your deck and make sawdust out of it. Find out why and other fun facts during this program on Thursday from 12-12:35pm. Register here and get the full details on all programming.

Pollination Celebration

Saturday, Sept. 18 migrate to Prairie Ridge Ecostation from 9am-12pm for the Pollination Celebration. Inspect 5 different exhibits including “Meet the Bugs! where you can interact with live bugs from the Museum of Life and Science and “Caterpillarology” where you can learn all about NC caterpillars with NCMNS. After your inspection, enjoy the “Grub Zone” at the NaturePlay Space. Get the full details on all 5 exhibits here.

Moth Party

Put on a light and watch the Moth Party start. From 8:30-10:30pm on Sept. 18 buzz on back to Prairie Ride for a night of nocturnal arthropod mayhem. Lights will be hung up to attract our most beloved night-dwelling, 6-legged friends, and soon-after they will be identified by experts in the field. Also bring a flashlight and hike through the prairie with the staff. BugFest certainly knows how to end on a stinger. Ow!! We mean zinger.


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