Calling all entomologists, future entomologists, and lovers of all things bugs!

Calling all entomologists, future entomologists, and lovers of all things bugs!

Calling all entomologists, future entomologists, and lovers of all things bugs! VMNH is hosting Bug Day 2021 on Saturday, July 24 and we want to see YOU at the museum! Pre-registration required!

Bug Day 2021 will feature the museum's scientists and researchers showing-off a large variety of insects from the museum's entomology collections that are rarely exhibited to the public, including some of our fossil insects! The event will also offer a variety of live insects on display, preserved non-insect invertebrates, insectivorous mammal museum specimens, and bug-themed activities for children and youth! Museum experts will also be on hand to demonstrate insect sweeping techniques and how scientists pin bugs for entomology collections!

**PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND. Only a limited number of spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. General museum admission rates apply. More registration information is listed below.**

WHAT TO SEE (Live Specimens)
Giant vinegaroon
Tailless whip scorpion
American giant millipede
African giant millipede
Mexican redknee tarantula

WHAT TO SEE (Preserved Specimens)
Neptune's goblet sponge
Giant sea spider
Giant tailless whip scorpion
Giant tropical centipede
Giant tropical millipedes
Yellow-winged walking sticks
Giant walking stick
Tropical Lanternfly
Tropical Locusts
Eastern dobsonfly
Tropical jewel beetle
Tropical stag beetle
Goliath beetle
Five-horned rhinoceros beetle
Hercules beetle
Harlequin beetle
Tropical long-horned beetle
Titan beetle
Sabertooth longhorn beetle
Birdwing butterflies
Morpho butterflies
Madagascar sunset moth
White witch moth
Atlas moth

*Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all specimens that will be on display and that specimens are subject to change.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED to attend this event and can be completed online. Availability is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. General admission rates apply. Groupons will NOT be accepted for this event.

The event is divided into two time blocks. Time Block One is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Time Block Two is from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration and attendance is only valid during the selected time block.

Registration links can be found on the museum's Bug Day 2021 webpage at!

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