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BugFest, North Carolina | The Wonder of Insects


About the BugFest

Bugfest is the largest single-day bug-related event in the U.S.A
Each year over 30,000 visitors come to BugFest to experience over 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities.
This event celebrates all arthropods, a group that includes insects (like butterflies and beetles), arachnids (spiders and scorpions), myriapods (centipedes and millipedes) and crustaceans (where the crayfish belong), as well as true bugs (like cicadas and planthoppers).

BugFest Highlights

  • Bug Exhibits
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Bug Themed Games
  • Talks from Bug Experts/Scientists
  • Cafe Insecta

Cafe Insecta:

Cafe Insecta is a really unique part of the festival and not for the faint hearted. Here you can try out “Bug Dishes” thats right with real bugs! The dishes are flavoured so hopefully you won’t notice anything strange.

Is Eating Bugs Weird?? 

In fact eating Bugs may not be as strange as you may think! They have been widely consumed in many parts of Asia and Africa for centuries. Examples include, South African Locust Porridge and Mexican Agave Worms.

Is Eating Bugs good for the Planet?

Did you know it takes 3,000 gallons of water to produce just one pound of beef?? Whereas it only takes a tenth of a gallon of water to produce one pound of crickets. Insects also require less energy, food and space! Thus they are one of the most sustainable food sources on the planet!

Is Eating Bugs Healthy?

Eating bugs also provides a healthy balanced diet, with high protein, fibre and nutrients compared to most meats.

When is the Festival?

May 29th

Where is the Festival?

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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