They are creepy and they are crawly and with the price of admission to the Museum of Arts and Sciences on Saturday, visitors can get an up close look at some of the bugs and insects from the museums own live animal collection, plus other exhibitions, activities and even a buggy buffet!
The annual Bug Day also features special presentations by entomologist Jeff Burne, master beekeeper Steve Nofs and junior entomologist David Shoemaker, plus some impressive collections amassed by amateur collectors.
One of the favorite stops on the tour, said Sharron Wilhelm, the museums curator of the living collection, is the bug buffet, called the Fear Factor Feast, which offers such mouthwatering delicacies as chocolate chirp cookies, buggy brittle, millworm presto and other delectable treats.
Our guests get a kick out of trying something gross from the bug buffet, Wilhelm said. Were used to stopping by a drive through for something to eat, but people all over the world really do depend on insects as part of their diet.
This is an occasion where we can educate ourselves on the native insects and creatures that live around us, added Melanie Byas, marketing director for museum. An excellent example is the bee. Steve Nofs, who is local, will be doing a presentation of the benefits of consuming local honey to develop an immunity to some of the allergens in the air. Not only will it be a fun family event for coming out and enjoying the museum and seeing our living animal collection, but it offers an educational look at why we have these creatures around. Its more than just fun. We always have something new to learn here.
Shoemaker will be doing a presentation called Bugs in My Backyard.
This is a from a young mans perspective as he grows up in Macon, Byas said. He will be talking about what types of bugs people see regularly and explain why he, personally, finds them fascinating. Hes been collecting bugs since he could barely walk.
Boug Day is something even museum staff look forward to.
This is one of our most favorite fun days at the museum, Whilhelm said. The exhibit will feature some fascinating bugs, like hissing cockroaches. They dont sting or bite. They are cleaner than we are -- they are not your normal Georgia cockroaches. They are just part of what you can see. If you are fascinated about bugs, you need to come out.
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road
Cost: Free with museum admission, $5-$10