Bug Lovers Swarm the Museum

The School of Ants got to partake in quite the buggy bash on Saturday! Whether they came to look at the butterflies, watch trap-jaw ants snap at termites, or taste the mealworm stir-fry, NC Museum of Natural Sciences was teeming with over 35,000 people who turned out for Bugfest 2012.

It was thrilling to be part of so much entomological enthusiasm and share some of the exciting discoveries made by School of Ants participants so far. We even got to meet some of our citizen scientists in person! These are the folks that make all of this possible. Over 160 visitors constructed kits and volunteered to join the ranks of our citizen scientist network. We can’t wait for their samples to start rolling in so that we can continue mapping the common – and not so common – ants that are living around us!

We are already looking forward to all the new ant stories we will get to share at Bugfest 2013!

Check out our Facebook page for photos from the event.