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Bug Fest at the Academy of Natural Sciences is Sure to Be as Sweet as Honey

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The Academy of Natural Sciences is buzzing about the beloved bee!

Bug FestPhiladelphia is buzzing about the Academy of Natural Sciences’ third annual Bug Fest weekend on Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15, free with general museum admission.

The long-awaited celebration of bugs will focus on the beloved bee this year. Complete with buzzing experts, games and activities, crafts, outdoor walks, and a tribute to the father of American beekeeping, Philadelphia-born Lorenzo Langstroth, the festival is sure to be as sweet as honey.

Langstroth, a well-known figure in the insect world, will be honored for revolutionizing the beekeeping industry by creating the movable frame beehive. Currently, the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild is raising funds to honor Langstroth’s legacy at his birthplace on South Front St.

Besides bees, the Bug Fest will focus on other creepy crawlers, including roaches, stick bugs, spiders, and more.

Festival-goers can enjoy the exhilarating Roach Race 500, a race of the country’s fastest roaches, as well as a question and answer session with Academy scientists and members of the American Entomological Society.

Bug FestLocal beekeepers will be at the festival teaching people what it takes to be a beekeeper nowadays. And of course, they will bring along some of their delicious local honey for festival-goers to sample.

Watch Steve “The Beeman” Conlon grow a beard of bees and describe why bees are so important to our ecosystem. Check out rare displays of the Academy’s spectacular entomology specimen collection. And if you’re feeling brave, you can even touch your favorite squirming insects, including stick insects, tarantulas, and vinegaroons.

Fried dragonfly, anyone? How about some bee larvae? Some tasty treats will be offered at the festival, but not the kind of snacks you’d expect. Sample exotic foods made with insects, prepared by Cajun chef, Zack Lemann.

Do you have bugs you want to display? At this year’s Bug Fest, you can learn exactly how to collect and pin insects during an informative hands-on demonstration. The museum will provide insects, pins, and scientific labels.

You don’t want to miss this buzz worthy event!

The Academy of Natural Sciences, the oldest natural science research institution and museum in the country, is open Monday through Friday, 10am-4:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm. Adult admission is $12 and children ages 3-12 have a $10 admission fee. See the museum’s website, www.ansp.org, for more information.

Follow the Academy on Twitter at http://twitter.com/AcadNatSci and visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Philadelphia-PA/The-Academy-of-Natural-Sci....

The Bug Fest is supported by Western Pest Services.

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Jacalyn Clay is hoping to make a difference in the professional media world. She would really like to see the bee beard, but no thanks to touching the tarantulas. Contact her at jacalynclay@gmail.com or follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/jacalynclay.