Bug Day

Learn about and handle a variety of bugs 

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Hold bugs, make your own Bobble Bug, or explore the science of beeswax at this one-day, annual event. You can learn about and handle a variety of bugs, including an array of insects and spiders presented by members of the New York City Entomological Society and NYSCI’s own hissing cockroaches. Meet a local beekeeper and sample some honey. Learn the difference between entomology and entomophagy, and even taste a bug!




  • DIY Bug Observation Journals – Visitors can use recycled DVD cases to make journals for amateur entomology.
  • Make it: Wooden Bobble Bugs – Learn how to use basic woodworking tools like saws and clamps to create your own wooden Bobble Bug! Combining simple woodworking and a spring you can create a wiggling, bouncing, bobbling insect. (Sessions: 12 pm; 1:30 pm; 3 pm) 
  • Beeswax Science (2 – 4 pm) Buzz into the world of beeswax and discover exciting ways of using this natural material.
  • Observe and hold a variety of insects and arachnids with members of the NY Entomological Society
  • Learn about a wide variety of insect and arachnid species from Craig Zammiello’s stunning collection.
  • Hold and learn about NYSCI’s Hissing Cockroaches.
  • Beekeeping 101 with Tim O’Neal and his mobile hive. Learn about bees, beekeeping and taste some honey.



  • 2 pm – Entomology and Entomophagy by Louis Sorkin.
    Learn about the science of entomology and the benefits of entomophagy, and join our bug tasting!
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