Bugfest – “Arthropolooza,” – at the SBC Museum on February 17 and 18

By on January 24, 2018

Don’t bug off! Instead, make plans to attend Arthropolooza! The Ultimate Bugfest at the San Bernardino County (SBC) Museum on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17 and 18 between noon and 4 p.m. This is a unique opportunity to discover the fascinating world of arthropods—insects, arachnids, myriapods, and more.

The bugfest will feature a host of activities including a glimpse into love from a whole new perspective. Symbiotic relationships – interdependent, reciprocal and mutual relationships – are needed for bugs, too!

“We are so excited to share the wonderful and wacky world of insect relationships,” said Jessika Vazquez, SBC Museum’s curator of integrated sciences. “Symbiotic relationships are made up of complex interactions between two or more species. Understanding these interactions allow us to take a closer look at the vital role arthropods play in our ecosystem.”

Special guests will be in attendance during the two-day event with various displays and will answer questions about beneficial insects and pests! The University of California at Riverside (UCR) Entomology Department will set up interactive activities and a UCR entomologist will talk about the devastating Asian citrus psyllid pest, its associated bacterial disease and how the public can help protect the citrus industry.

Masters gardeners will also be on hand to share information on pollinators and about gardening for butterflies and beneficial insects. On Saturday only, the SBC Environmental Health Services will provide information about mosquito and vector control.

Family fun activities include insect games, take-home creepy-crawly craft creations, insect stories and activities, and live insect encounters in the museum’s courtyard and Exploration Station. At the Museum’s store visitors can purchase a variety of insect-related merchandise from insect books, toys, and posters to the ever-popular icky rubber bugs.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. The Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for military personnel and seniors, $7 for students, and $5 for children aged 5 to 12. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities and parking is free.

For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum or call 909-798-8605.