August 3, 2012
Academy Of Natural Sciences Celebrates Bugs In August With A Nature’s Assassins Exhibition And The Fifth Annual Bug Fest, August 11-12
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is dedicating the entire month of August to bugs.
Celebrate the Academy’s bicentennial at its latest exhibit, Nature’s Assassins: Bug Predators from Around the World and the 5th annual Bug Fest, where you will see and learn about live deadly scorpions, notorious black widow spiders and giant centipedes.
First off, from August 1-31, Nature’s Assassins will showcase the world’s most venomous, scary-looking invertebrates (they’re bugs, but not insects – want to know the difference? Come to the exhibit.) in 20 tanks throughout the museum.
Second, the creepy crawly experience really flies high on August 11 and 12 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) with the 5th annual Bug Fest. This year’s theme is butterflies from around the world.
From colorful caterpillars to majestic winged adults, visitors will see dozens of intricately patterned butterflies, as well as other insect specimens from the academy’s world-renowned collection.
Throughout the weekend, activities for both children and adults will abound. You can:
• prepare foods like “chocolate chirp cookies” with Cajun chef Zack Lemann
• learn about butterfly gardening
• take a bug exploration walk in Logan Square
• cheer on a favorite roach at the Roach Race 500
• learn how to collect, pin and care for your own bug collection
• participate in games, crafts, and face painting
Bug Fest and Nature’s Assassins: Bug Predators From Around the World are both free with museum admission. Enjoy special 2-for-1 admission on August 21 (as well as the 21st of each month through March 2013).
Nature’s Assassins: Bug Predators from Around the World and 5th Annual Bug Fest
When: Exhibition, August 1-31; Bug Fest, August 11-12
Where: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free with museum admission
More info: www.ansp.org