Bama Bug Fest crawls back to Tuscaloosa this weekend

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Elise Anzaldua

These creepy-crawlies aren’t out to get you. Instead, they’re out to teach you all about the wild world of bugs at Bama Bug Fest, returning this weekend to the University of Alabama’s Alabama Museum of Natural History.

What was once a small event has metamorphosed into a major undertaking featuring plenty of fun-filled activities children and adults alike can enjoy.

The goal is to celebrate all things bug and highlight everything these creatures do for the planet. Not to mention, you can get up close and personal with some fearsome specimens.

Alabama Museum of Natural History Director John Friel said Bama Bug Fest is one of his favorite events.

“We’re really excited about going back to in-person events,” Friel said. “There will be over 35 tables on all three levels of the museum presenting topics and activities related to bugs. There is something for everybody. So hopefully you’ll come be entertained, learn something, and then see some of the new insect-themed exhibits we have here.”

Several entomologists — scientists who study insects — will be on-hand to answer any bug-related questions.

“The idea is we want to remove some of the fear that people have,” Friel said. “I love seeing young kids who are really excited about holding a giant cockroach.”

Another thing that’ll be touched on at the event is entomophagy, Friel said. For those who don’t know, that’s the practice of eating insects.

“Culturally for us, it’s really odd, but many cultures in the world eat insects and other arthropods,” he said. “So you’ll have the opportunity to sample some cricket cookies and we’ll have some bug food for sale.”

Bama Bug Fest is a free event, but donations for the museum are welcome and will go toward funding its research collections. Hours are Saturday, April 9, 1 to 5 p.m. at the Alabama Museum of Natural History, 427 Sixth Ave., Tuscaloosa.

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