London Bug Day boasts cockroach races, edible insects and zoo

Western University has teamed with the Entomological Society of Ontario to host London Bug Day on Saturday, September 13 at the Tourism London Information Centre at Westminster Ponds. This mostly indoor event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

With a goal of promoting public appreciation and understanding of the ecological and economical importance of insects and their habitats, London Bug Day is geared towards families, as well as aspiring naturalists, entomologists and the general public.

During the one-day event, participants will enjoy cockroach races, a live insect zoo and pinned displays while the bravest ones can sample edible insect treats.

After an introduction to insect identification, participants will learn the many ways in which insects can be collected in different habitats on a guided nature tour. Participants can also have all of their bug-related questions answered by entomology experts, including six researchers from Western’s Faculty of Science, and learn how to promote biodiversity in their own backyard gardens.

Students and faculty from 12 different Department of Biology research labs, as well as volunteers from the Faculty of Social Science, will also attend the event. There will also be face painting and an insect craft and coloring table.

Bug Day will be the first public outreach event of its kind in London and is organized by the Entomological Society of Ontario (ESO). The ESO is a non-profit society dedicated to furthering entomology through meetings and publications, and having been established in 1863 makes it the oldest entomological society in Canada and second oldest in North America. Last year the ESO-organized Ottawa Bug Day was a great success, attracting over 800 people and receiving very positive feedback.

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