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BYOB: Bring Your Own Bug to Explore the Outdoors!

Art-Evans-Steve-ClarkDo you and your kids love bugs? Have some bugs at home you’d like to know more about? Then this is your chance to “BYOB...Bring Your Own Bug” on May 4th to Explore the Outdoors! Join the “What’s Bugging You?” radio team of entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE Public Radio producer Steve Clark from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. at The Community Idea Stations’ tent. Ask them tons of questions and get help identifying your “mystery” insects.

Dr. Karen Kester, Research Director of VCU’s Bug Lab, and three of her graduate students will also be here from 1:00 to 5:00 to share lots of specimens, help with bug identification and take you on Bug Walks in Huguenot Park.

Taking a VCU Bug WalkSo bring bugs or find bugs once you are here for a great chance to learn from the experts.

I asked Steve what he hoped kids would learn from studying bugs. “I’d like them to be aware of insects and the value they have in the environment. Which ones to be careful of and which ones are harmless. Many insects, though not as flashy, are just as beautiful as butterflies. Just take time to look and learn. Bugs were always pests to me until I started producing this program with Dr. Evans,” shared Steve. “Now insects are really fascinating. Just taking a little time to look and learn has opened my eyes not only to insects but to plants and all sorts of things around me to which I had been oblivious.”

false bombardier beetleWant to know what Steve Clark’s current favorite bug is? “It changes from week to week,” Steve explained. “This week it’s the false bombardier beetle, a very large beetle that I found in my bath tub. I’d never seen that particular type of beetle before, and rarely have I seen a bug more formidable in appearance.” If you’d like to find out more about this bug, why it’s Steve’s favorite, and what the bug’s name refers to - tune in to 88.9 WCVE for “What’s Bugging You?” on Tuesday, May 13th at 8:35 a.m. And be sure to ask Dr. Evans about his favorite bugs at Explore the Outdoors!

Click here for more information on Explore the Outdoors.

Click here for more on “What’s Bugging You?” and tune-in every Tuesday morning at 8:35 a.m. on 88.9 WCVE.

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