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Ants are the theme for 20th annual Bugfest

Posted September 13

Thousands flock to the Museum of Natural Sciences for BugFest 2015 on September 19th, 2015. This years bug theme is Cicadas, featuring tons of bug-themed exhibits, games and activities. (Lexi Baird /

It's time for Bugfest!

The annual one-day bug-centric event - the largest of its kind in the country - takes place 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Now in its 20th year, the event features all sorts of presentations, demonstrations, activities and even bugs to eat inside and outside the downtown Raleigh museum. It's free.

Ants are the theme for the festival this year, but you'll see all sorts of creepy crawlies - from Mexican red-rump tarantulas and brown marmorated stinkbugs to whip-tail scorpions and death feigning beetles.

You can try out a plate of buggy food from Cafe Insecta, which offers a variety of fare filled with bugs from BBQ cricket bug-a-roni to pineapple chili wormsicles.

You'll also find games, live music, movies, presentations and more. New York muralist Matthew Willey, founder of The Good of the Hive Initiative, will be painting honeybees on a wall behind the Museum’s Nature Research Center.

Admission is free. Bugfest's website has more information.


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