Welcome to Virtual Hokie BugFest 2020!

Welcome to Hokie BugFest's 10th anniversary and first virtual event!
The event has been completed and will continue to be available for an indefinite period of time. Credits for its creation can be found next to each exhibit. In addition, the following individuals contributed to the daily postings, web page building, writing, editing, coordination, organization, and success of the tenth annual Hokie BugFest!

Hokie BugFest 2020 Credits

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Week 2 Exhibits

Tune into The Lyric Theatre Facebook page at 10 a.m. EST to see Joelle's Storytime LIVE - featuring some of the Hokie BugZoo residents! (post-event link)

Test your knowledge and earn your Junior Entomologist Certificate with our Week 2 Quiz!

Hosted by Stephanie Blevins, Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

Excite your brain as you dive deep into Tony's amazing world of insects!

Hosted by Tony Gustin, The Bug Whisperer

Meet a few cute little buggers that are up for adoption at our local shelter!

 

Hosted by the Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center

Have you ever wondered where bugs go in the winter?

 

Hosted by Brent Watts, Meteorologist, WDBJ7

It wouldn't be Hokie BugFest without a microscopic marvel of fantastic fleas performing just for you!

Hosted by Brandon Owen, Owens Family Entertainment

Have you ever eaten an insect...on purpose? Learn the many benefits of incorporating insects into you diet. And learn to make a delicious "Grasshopper Pie"!

Hosted by Tim McCoy, Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

Catch the highly anticipated Blattaria 1000 cockroach race and see if you predicted the winner!

Meet the "New World" residents of our Virginia Tech Bug Zoo!

Hosted by Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

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Test your knowledge and earn your Junior Entomologist Certificate with our Week 2 Quiz!

Hosted by Stephanie Blevins, Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

Wandering Glider

Learn about a new extreme insect each day!

Today's insect has the FARTHEST MIGRATION!

Hosted by Grant Schiermeyer, Virginia Tech BugZoo Curator

 

Learn about the history of entomology at Virginia Tech.

Hosted and written by Mike Weaver, Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

Discover some of the best entomology resources of the internet - handchosen by the hosts of this exhibit!

Hosted by Don Mullins, Sandra Gabbert, Stefan Jaronski, and Mika Pagani, Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

Fungus-Growing Termite

Learn about a new extreme insect each day!

Today's insect has the LONGEST LIFESPAN!

Hosted by Grant Schiermeyer, Virginia Tech BugZoo Curator

Over 3,700 species of orb weaving spiders use intricate, sticky webs to capture insect prey.

Hosted by the Opell Lab, Biological Sciences, College of Sciences, Virginia Tech

Enjoy stories, painting, and cooking with the Socha Lab!

Hosted by the Socha Lab, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech

Learn the hows and whys of mosquito behavior.

Hosted by the Lahondère  and Vinauger Labs, Biochemistry, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

Are you a ladybug?

Join Dr. Socha's lab for their daily insect-themed stories!

Hosted by the Socha Lab, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech

Driver Ant

Learn about a new extreme insect each day!

Today's insect lays the MOST EGGS!

Hosted by Grant Schiermeyer, Virginia Tech BugZoo Curator

Discover how biodiversity is explored and described - with a special focus on the Appalachian millipede.

Hosted by the Marek Lab, Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

Learn how to sign some buggy words in American Sign Language!

Hosted by Kayla Flaherty of Fairfax County Public Schools

See some amazing 3D models of real insects from the Virginia Tech Department of Entomology's Insect Collection

Hosted by Virginia Tech Digital Imaging and Preservation Service

Libelulas

Join Dr. Socha's lab for their daily insect-themed stories!

Hosted by the Socha Lab, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech

Morgan's Sphinx Moth

Learn about a new extreme insect each day!

Today's insect has the LONGEST PROBOSCIS!

Hosted by Grant Schiermeyer, Virginia Tech BugZoo Curator

Vegetable Entomology

If you have ever grown a garden, you know that it is hard work keeping insects from eating your veggies!  Learn about how we work to keep our veggies safe, and have fun with our puzzles and coloring sheets!

Hosted by the Vegetable Entomology Lab, Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

Native Plant society exhibit logo

Explore internet and print resources on how to make a pollinator garden - including design tips for school sites! See photos of sample pollinator gardens and the pollinators themselves!

Hosted by the New River chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society

Bed bug logo

Ants, bed bugs, and cockroaches?! Just saying those names may make you cringe, but learning about them is incredibly important. This exhibit will teach you what to look out for and how our experts are fighting to control these pests.

Hosted by the Virginia Tech Bed Bug and Urban Pest Information Center

Are You a Bee?

Join Dr. Socha's lab for their daily insect-themed stories!

Hosted by the Socha Lab, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech

Meadow Spittlebug

Learn about a new extreme insect each day!

Today's insect is the HIGHEST JUMPER!

Hosted by Grant Schiermeyer, Virginia Tech BugZoo Curator

Master Gardeners Logo

Explore our living soil system - the cute, the ugly, the garden helpers, and the garden destroyers.

Hosted by New River Valley Master Gardeners and Carroll County 4-H

Baby Firefly

Have you ever wondered what a baby firefly looks like?

Hosted by Blandy Experimental Farm, University of Virginia

VDACS Logo

Learn about the ways this state department helps you and our agricultural assets!

Hosted by Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

La Oruga Muy Hambrienta

Join Dr. Socha's lab for their daily insect-themed stories!

Hosted by the Socha Lab, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech

Week 1 Exhibits

Test your knowledge and earn your Junior Entomologist Certificate with our Week 1 Quiz!

Hosted by Stephanie Blevins, Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

Argentine Ant

Learn about a new extreme insect each day!

Today's insect has the LARGEST NEST/COLONY!

Hosted by Grant Schiermeyer, Virginia Tech BugZoo Curator

Learn about mud bugs, water striders, backswimmers, dragonflies, damselflies, and much more!

Hosted by the Entrekin Aquatic Entomology Lab, Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

Nature at your door

Join Frank in learning about the  wonderful parts of nature you can find right outside your door!

Hosted by Frank Taylor

Joelle Shenk

Come enjoy stories and adventures with Joelle!

Hosted by Joelle Shenk, JoELoe Productions and The Lyric Theatre

Chilean Rose Tarantula

Meet the "Old World" residents of our Virginia Tech Bug Zoo!

Hosted by Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

Shrill Treethorn Cicada

Learn about a new extreme insect each day!

Today's insect is the LOUDEST!

Hosted by Grant Schiermeyer, Virginia Tech BugZoo Curator

Major insects for 2021 and international insects? We got 'em!

Hosted by the Pfeiffer Fruit Integrated Pest Management Lab, Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

Meet a few cute little buggers that are up for adoption at our local shelter!

 

Hosted by the Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center

Pollinators are critical to our world. Additionally, they are fascinating and beautiful! Come learn more about them and about the research we are doing at Virginia Tech to help protect these awesome critters.

Hosted by The BeeGroup @ VT

Are You a Grasshopper?

Join Dr. Socha's lab for their daily insect-themed stories!

Hosted by the Socha Lab, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech

Fairy Wasp

Learn about a new extreme insect each day!

Today's insect is the SMALLEST!

Hosted by Grant Schiermeyer, Virginia Tech BugZoo Curator

This exhibit aims to provide pesticide safety information and educational resources to the public.

Hosted by Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs

This booth will explore what the European gypsy moth is, how it got to North America, and how it is impacting our forests. 

Hosted by Dodd Location Intelligence Lab, Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

 

Autism resources for families and some bug related information too!

Hosted by Virginia Tech Autism Clinic and Center for Autism Research

La Luz de Lucia

Join Dr. Socha's lab for their daily insect-themed stories!

Hosted by the Socha Lab, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech

White Witch Moth

Learn about a new extreme insect each day!

Today's insect has the LARGEST WINGSPAN!

Hosted by Grant Schiermeyer, Virginia Tech BugZoo Curator

 Explore the important and facinating world of moquitoe genetics.

Hosted by the Sharakhov Lab, Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

This exhibit will present information about the emerald ash borer, a beautiful pest!

Hosted by Max Ragazzino, Oregon Department of Agriculture

Science is bigger than you think! Discover the many features of the 2020 Virginia Tech Science Festival.

Hosted by the Virginia Tech Science Festival

Join Dr. Socha's lab for their daily insect-themed stories!

Hosted by the Socha Lab, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech

Bull-headed Dung Beetle

Learn about a new extreme insect each day!

First up, the SRONGEST insect!

Hosted by Grant Schiermeyer, Virginia Tech BugZoo Curator

Learn about pollinators, why they need YOU and why you need THEM.

Hosted by New River Valley Master Naturalists

Para BUG Activity! What is it that goes bump in the night?

Hosted by Virginia 4-H and Virginia Cooperative Extension

Discover three DIY projects you can do at home to celebrate bees, butterflies, and other backyard pollinators.

Hosted by New River Valley Macaroni Kid