Bama Bug Fest 2019

This year the Warner Transportation Museum and the Alabama Museum of Natural History launched a new annual event, Bama Bug Fest, to celebrate the diversity and benefits of arthropods, a group of animals that includes insects (ants, butterflies and beetles), arachnids (spiders and scorpions), myriapods (centipedes and millipedes) and crustaceans (crabs, shrimps and crayfish), as well as true bugs (like cicadas and plant-hoppers). The free event held on July 27, 2019 had something for everyone including

  • Entertaining displays, exhibits and activities about arthropod (a.k.a. “bug”) diversity — both inside and outside the museum
  • Learning cool facts about arthropods, which make up three-quarters of all animals on Earth
  • Insect photo booth
  • Hissing cockroach tractor-pull races
  • Cricket spitting competition with prices
  • The chance to sample some insect treats, and learn just how nutritious insects are
  • Bringing an unusual bug or photos of bugs to the Stump the Experts table and get an identification
  • Grabbing a bite to eat from one of the food trucks at our event

Over 1300 visitors attended the event and we are excited to plan for 2020!