**Please note that registration is now closed. Registration is required to attend.**
Calling all entomologists, future entomologists, and lovers of all things bugs! The museum is hosting Bug Day 2021 on Saturday, July 24 and we want to see YOU here!
What to See & Do
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!
Mastigoproctus giganteus; Family Thelyphonidae – whip scorpions
Tailless whip scorpion
Paraphrynus carolynae; Family Phrynidae - tailless whip scorpions
American giant millipede
Narceus americanus; Family Spirobolidae – spirobolid millipedes
African giant millipede
Archispirostreptus gigas; Family Spirostreptidae – spirostreptid millipedes
Mexican redknee tarantula
Brachypelma hamorii; Family Theraphosidae – tarantulas
Neptune’s goblet sponge
Cliona patera; Family Clionaidae – clionaid demosponges
Giant sea spider
Order Pantopoda – sea spiders
Giant tailless whip scorpion
Charon grayi; Family Charontidae - tailless whip scorpions
Giant tropical centipede
Scolopendra sp.; Family Scolopendridae - centipedes
Giant tropical millipedes
Order Spirobolida - "round-backed" millipedes
Yellow-winged walking sticks
Tagesoidea nigrofasciata; Family Lonchodidae – lonchodid walking sticks
Giant walking stick
Phasma gigas; Family Phasmatidae – walking sticks
Cathedra serrata; Family Fulgoridae – fulgorid planthoppers
Family Acrididae – grasshoppers and locusts
Corydalus cornutus; Family Corydalidae – dobsonflies and fishflies
Mormolyce phyllodes; Family Carabidae – ground beetles
Tropical jewel beetle
Megaloxantha bicolor; Family Buprestidae – jewel beetles or metallic wood-boring beetles
Tropical stag beetle
Odontolabis dalmani; Family Lucanidae – stag beetles
Goliathus sp.; Family Scarabaeidae - scarabs
Five-horned rhinoceros beetle
Eupatorus gracilicornis; Family Scarabaeidae; Subfamily Dynastinae – rhinoceros beetles
Dynastes hercules; Family Scarabaeidae; Subfamily Dynastinae – rhinoceros beetles
Acrocinus longimanus; Family Cerambycidae – longhorn beetles
Tropical long-horned beetle
Petrognatha gigas; Family Cerambycidae
Titanus giganteus; Family Cerambycidae
Sabertooth longhorn beetle
Macrodontia cervicornis; Family Cerambycidae
Family Papilionidae – swallowtail butterflies
Morpho spp.; Family Nymphalidae - brush-footed butterflies
Madagascar sunset moth
Chrysiridia rhipheus; Family Uraniidae – swallowtail moths
White witch moth
Thysania agrippina; Family Erebidae – erebid moths
Attacus atlas; Family Saturniidae – silk moths
In addition to all of the specimens on display, the event will feature a variety of bug-themed children's activities led by the museum's education team!
Registration and Admission
Pre-registration is required to attend this year's event and can be done so online (links below). Only a limited number of registrations will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Regular admission rates apply.
The event is divided into two time blocks. Please note that reservations are only valid during the time block that you select. While you may arrive at any time within your selected time block, we recommend arriving towards the beginning of your selected time block to make sure you have time to experience all of the offerings.
- Block One: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Block Two: 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Admission is FREE for VMNH Members, members of ASTC Passport participating institutions, and EBT card holders. Otherwise, general admission rates apply:
- $10/adult ages 18-59
- $5/children and youth ages 3-17 and seniors ages 60+
- Free for children under 3
Questions? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
The museum uses Blackbaud for Bug Day 2021 online registrations and payment.