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Hokie BugFest returns, in-person, on Oct. 8 at Squires Student Center

From: Department of Entomology

Bug-out at the 12th annual Hokie BugFest on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Squires Student Center in Blacksburg. (A special pre-opening from 9 to 10 a.m. is reserved for persons with mobility or other special needs.)

After two years of online programming during the pandemic, festival organizers are thrilled to be back in person.

Hokie BugFest is a free, one-day festival that celebrates the exciting science of entomology with STEAM-inspired (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities for all ages.

This year’s event will feature over 30 exhibitors from Virginia Tech labs, area museums, community groups, and industry experts. Enjoy working bee hives, 3D insect images, crafts, and hands-on activities. Meet live arthropods from the Hokie BugZoo like scorpions, blue death feigning beetles, tarantulas, giant millipedes, and hissing cockroaches. Earn your Jr. Entomologist Certificate, or relax in the “Bug Library.”

Hokie BugFest 2022 is especially excited to welcome the Dan Capps Insect Collection, one of the largest private insect collections in the U.S. View hundreds of pinned insect specimens from around the globe including walking sticks that measure over two feet; goliath, Hercules, and other massive beetles; vibrant butterflies and moths; and more!

New this year, Hokie BugFest invites BSA (Boy Scouts of America) scouts to earn their Insect Study Merit Badge. Leaders from the Blue Ridge Mountains Council will be on-hand to help Scouts earn this rigorous badge.

And Hokie BugFest would not be complete without the annual 4-H Insect Collections Contest. See robust insect collections created by young entomologists. All entries are celebrated.

Visit to learn more!

Hokie BugFest 2022 is sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences through Virginia Cooperative ExtensionVirginia Tech Department of Entomology, and Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs, as well as many community partners.

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