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July 27, 2016

Academy of Natural Sciences to host Bug Fest

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Tarantula Outhouse Exhibit Services/Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

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The Academy of Natural Sciences will host a weekend full of creepy-crawlies. The annual Bug Fest will feature roach races, insect-tasting and plenty of live bugs on Aug. 13 and 14. 

Tasty bug dishes will be cooked up during a 1 p.m. show on both days, with samples of Chocolate Chirp Cookies and fried insect treats handed out afterward. Visitors will also help build a beehive and work on a termite mound.

Some of the other scheduled activities over the weekend include:

•Examine spider webbing up close and meet the live spiders that spin it.
•Cheer your favorite cockroach to the finish line in the Roach Race 500.
•Make a bee beard mask to take home.
•Meet a bedbug-sniffing dog and learn how dogs do their job.
•Look for bugs outside with an Academy entomologist.
•See insects magnified on the big screen in the Live Invertebrate Stage Show.

Bug Fest begins at 10 a.m. on both dates and ends at 5 p.m. Details on pricing to be announced soon.

Bug Fest

Saturday, August 13 through Sunday, August 14
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
(215) 299-1000