PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Bugs are back at the Academy of Natural Sciences for an annual event that puts insects on display.
“It’s our 9th BugFest,” says invertebrate specialist Karen Verderame. “And the whole museum is infested with the wonderful world of bugs.”
Atlas Beetles, Tarantula Hawk Wasps and hundreds of other insects — big and small –will be in tanks stationed throughout the museum on Saturday and Sunday.
Basically, there will be bugs everywhere says Verderame:
“Many of them will be coming out for visitors to have a look up close and even touch some of them.”
She says one of her goals every year is to convert the squeamish:
“After the time they spend with me, I have them not only close to the insect, but touching it as well and going ‘you know what, that’s different. I didn’t expect that. It’s so smooth’.”
Verderame adds the fun extends beyond the museum’s walls:
“They’re touring the city. Look out Philadelphia. The roaches are coming. It’s kind of like Godzilla cockroach”
And for those who are extra adventurous, a chef will be making bug based treats, such as chocolate chip cookies, chock full of crickets.