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Alabama Museum of Natural History

Bama Bug Fest: On the Web

Bama Bug Fest On the Web ImageBama Bug Fest: On the Web is a virtual, all-things-bug event has a little something for all ages and will take place every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from July 7 to July 25. Though we are social distancing this year, we’re not missing out on any of the bug fun! Take part in interactive video elements; watch interviews with experts; learn how to draw insect characters; join in bug-themed storytelling, and much, much more.

This year’s Bama Bug Fest will be livestreaming on Facebook and YouTube, four times a day (10 AM, 2 PM, 4 PM, and 7 PM), with segments for different age groups and interests, ending each day with a wrap-up and Q&A for the public. Additional pre-recorded videos will be posted and shared by the University of Alabama Museums and Tuscaloosa Public Library on their social media platforms.

Content will include actor Justice Leak (Hellgrammite from The CW’s Supergirl, a Build a Bug Workshop, School Yard Roots, family-friendly bug-related stand-up comedy, DC Comics artist Sarah Leuver, Spider-Man (Andrew McLean) and Black Widow cosplayers (Andrea Towers), insect dyeing with The Fashion Archive, baking Chocolate Chirp Cookies with Arthropod Apothecary, and world-renowned Science Educator Dr. Sebastian A. Echeverri.

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Week 1

Tuesday, July 7

WHAT MAKES A BUG A BUG?

10:00 AM Bama Bug Fest: On the Web – An Introduction

Join us for an introduction to this year’s Bama Bug Fest: On the Web. Learn about all of the programs, events, and contests you can take part in throughout the month of July.

2:00 PM Story Time and Build a Bug Workshop

Gather ‘round for a storytime with the Tuscaloosa Public Library as they read Some Bugs by Angela Diterlizzi. After your story step into the Build a Bug Workshop to build your own insect.

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4:00 PM What is a Bug?

Ever wondered what makes a bug a bug? Join in the conversation with Dr. John Friel as he discusses all things bugs in this livestream program.

7:00 PM Daily Wrap Up & Q&A

Have questions about anything we covered today? This livestream evening roundtable can give you the chance to ask the experts.

 

Thursday, July 9

INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

10:00 AM Learn to Draw Spider-man with DC Comics’ Artist Sarah Leuver

Grab a pencil and paper and learn to draw your favorite friendly neighborhood webslinger with DC Comics’ artist Sarah Leuver. This art lesson is suitable for all experience levels.

2:00 PM A Comic Book Expert, a Scientist, and Spider-man Walked into a Livestream

Ever wondered how Spider-Man’s abilities stack up to real world spiders? Join co-owners of “The Comic Strip” in Tuscaloosa, arachnologist Dr. Sebastian Alejandro Echeverri, and Spider-man for a conversation about the intersection between spiders and comics.

4:00 PM Eight Legged Facts about Spiders with John Friel

There is a fascinating world of spiders that is just jumping to be known! Join in this livestream with Dr. John Friel to learn some weird, wacky, and fascinating facts about spiders.

Spiderly Speaking with Dr. Ruth

Join our Dr. Ruth as she covers just about everything you want to know about spider sex and aren’t afraid to ask!

7:00 PM Daily Wrap Up & Q&A

Have questions about anything we covered today? This livestream evening roundtable can give you the chance to ask the experts.

 

Saturday, July 11

BUG MEETS WORLD:  A Walk in the Woods

10:00 AM Terrarium Building Lesson

Build a habitat for insects with Discovering Alabama’s Pam Sloan and take a hike with us to discover insects to add to your terrarium.

2:00 PM There’s a Bug Under a Log on the Trail in the Woods

Have you ever flipped a log on a hike to see all of the creepy crawlies underneath? Take a hike with us and learn about decomposers with entomologist, Dr. Meaghan Pimsler.

4:00 PM You Light up my Life: Flashy Fireflies

Learn about those little “lightning bugs” that are an all too familiar part of our summer landscape with this video from expert entomologists, Dr. John and Kendra Abbott.

7:00 PM Daily Wrap Up & Q&A

Have questions about anything we covered today? This livestream evening roundtable can give you the chance to ask the experts.

 

Week 2

Tuesday, July 14

WATER BUGS
10:00 AM Goin’ Buggin’: Discovering Aquatic Insects

Did you know there is a whole ecosystem under the rocks in a stream? Join Allie Sorlie for an aquatic insect adventure!

2:00 PM A Comic Book Expert, a Scientist, and Actor Justice Leak (Hellgrammite) Walked into a Livestream

Join actor Justice Leak (Hellgrammite on The CW’s Supergirl), comic expert Eric Marcus Workman from Tuscaloosa, and Dr. John Abbott to talk about the intersection between superhero and real-life aquatic insects.

4:00 PM The Wonderful World of Water Bugs

Aquatic insects are an incredibly important part of our world. They are a source of food for fish and other animals and help indicate water quality in our streams. Join Dr. Milt Ward, aquatic insect expert, for a fascinating conversation on the wonderful world of water bugs.

7:00 PM Daily Wrap Up & Q&A

Have questions about anything we covered today? This Livestream evening roundtable can give you the chance to ask the experts.

 

 

Thursday, July 16

STINGS AND BITING THINGS
10:00 AM Insect Songs and Sounds

Join us for an insect sing-along and craft session for kids.

2:00 PM A Comic Book Expert, a Scientist, and Black Widow Walked into a Livestream

Join “The Comic Strip” in Tuscaloosa, arachnologist Dr. Sebastian Alejandro Echeverri, and Black Widow for a conversation about the intersection between Black Widow and real-life black widow spiders.

4:00 PM Stings and Biting Things in Your Backyard

Wasps, bees, and ticks, OH MY! Learn about some of the insects that we try to watch out for with Dr. John Friel.

7:00 PM Daily Wrap Up & Q&A

Have questions about anything we covered today? This Livestream evening roundtable can give you the chance to ask the experts.

 

Saturday, July 18

MOTHS AND BUTTERFLIES
10:00 AM A Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Time and Life of a Butterfly Craft

Gather ‘round for A Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle read by a fellow kid. After the story join us for a butterfly craft with the Tuscaloosa Public Library. Stop by the Children’s Desk at the Main branch of the Tuscaloosa Public Library to pick up a craft pack for this project!

2:00 PM Butterflies are Moths, but Moths aren’t Butterflies

It’s a moth! It’s a butterfly! It’s…both? Learn about the differences with Dr. John Friel in this live presentation.

4:00 PM Insect Iconography and Native Americans Storytelling

Insects have always been a part of the human experience. Join us as we talk with Moundville experts about how insects are represented in the iconography and storytelling of the area.

7:00 PM Daily Wrap Up & Q&A

Have questions about anything we covered today? This Livestream evening roundtable can give you the chance to ask the experts.

 

Week 3

Tuesday, July 21

POLLINATORS
10:00 AM Learn to Draw Bumblebee with DC Comics’ Artist Sarah Leuver

Grab a pencil and paper and learn to draw DC Comics’ Bumblebee with DC Comics’ artist Sarah Leuver. This art lesson is suitable for all ages.

2:00 PM The Buzz on Pollination with Schoolyard Roots

Gather ‘round for a buzzworthy presentation on the importance of pollination from Schoolyard Roots, a local non-profit dedicated to creating a network of school gardens that will build healthier communities, engage students in learning, and increase access to healthy, sustainably-grown food.

4:00 PM To Bee or not to Bee…an Apiarist!

Ever wondered what it would bee like to keep bees? Buzz over to this video for a first-hand experience and interview with a local apiarist (beekeeper).

7:00 PM Daily Wrap Up & Q&A

Have questions about anything we covered today? This livestream evening roundtable can give you the chance to ask the experts.

 

Thursday, July 23

SUMMER SENSES: SIGHTS, SOUNDS, AND SMELLS
10:00 AM What’s that Smell?

Did you know that insects communicate with each other using smells?  Join Allie Sorlie to learn about how this works and how you can play the Insect Smells game!

2:00 PM The Hills are Alive with the Sounds of Insects

You couldn’t have summer without the sounds of insects. Join Dr. John Friel for a look at how insects make noise and learn to identify some of the more common insect sounds of summer.

4:00 PM Insects after Dark

Black lighting is a technique for attracting insects at night. Learn how you can create your own black lighting set up in your backyard with this video by Dr. John and Kendra Abbott.

7:00 PM Daily Wrap Up & Q&A

Have questions about anything we covered today? This livestream evening roundtable can give you the chance to ask the experts.

Buggy Stand-up

What do you call a fly with no wings? A walk! Join us for a night of family-friendly insect-themed stand-up comedy directly after the Daily Wrap Up.

Saturday, July 25

BUG BENEFITS
10:00 AM Baking Chocolate Chirp Cookies with Kendra Abbott

Crickets in cookies? Join Kendra Abbott with the Arthropod Apothecary to learn how to make your own chocolate chip cricket cookies in this cooking demonstration.

2:00 PM Composting Critters

Insects are a crucial part of our soil health. Learn about how critters help with composting from Monica Watkins, Director of the UA Arboretum.

4:00 PM fashion bugs TO DYE FOR

Insects in fashion? Yes! Join us for a presentation about how insects are used in the clothes we wear and other surprising every day ways.

7:00 PM Daily Wrap Up & Q&A

Have questions about anything we covered today? This livestream evening roundtable can give you the chance to ask the experts.

 

How to Watch:

You’ll be able to watch the livestreams as well as pre-recorded video content from any of these locations:

   

Details Unseen: The Hidden Secrets of Bugs

Details Unseen: The Hidden Secrets of Bugs is the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum’s summer virtual exhibit and a part of Bama Bug Fest: On the Web! This exhibition is a collaboration between the Blount Scholars Nature Photography Course and the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum. The course gave students the techniques and skills needed to use a digital camera for photographing everything from insects to elephants.

Vote in the Art Contest!

Bama Bug Fest: On the Web received submissions in our virtual Art Contest. The winners will be chosen by YOU!

To vote, click on the categories below and like your favorites. The entry with the most likes wins.

Social Media Sticker Giveaway:

We’re giving away free stickers during Bama Bug Fest: On the Web! To get one, post bug-themed artwork, memes, jokes, or photos to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok with the hashtag: #BamaBugFest

Top Picks will be chosen and stickers will be given out while supplies last.

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Bama Bug Fest: On the Web is Brought to You By

         

The University of Alabama Museums, a division of the College of Arts and Sciences that encompasses four museums, two research departments, and the Emmy-winning Discovering Alabama television program.

Rodgers Library serves the faculty and students in the College of Engineering, the Capstone College of Nursing, and the science departments within the College of Arts & Sciences. Rodgers is the first departmental library, built with the intent of taking maximum advantage of computer-based information systems for research.

Tuscaloosa Public Library is a city/county agency in the city of Tuscaloosa, serving a population of over 184,035 in Tuscaloosa County in the state of Alabama, United States.