Live insect encounters and the “Dare Box” at Arthropolooza

By on February 2, 2020

Arthropolooza: the Ultimate Bugfest is buzzing its way back to the San Bernardino County (SBC) Museum on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is a unique opportunity to see demonstrations and have “hands-on” the fascinating world of arthropods.

The bugfest will feature a host of goings-on including activities with live insects, insect specimen displays, interactive bee activities, backyard conservation, composting and more with an emphasis on established and endangered arthropod species in our region.

If you’re brave enough, try the “Dare Box”. Test your sense of touch to discern concealed insects. Live arthropod encounters include hissing and cave cockroaches, a Desert Hairy Scorpion, tarantulas, millipedes, and more from the museum’s Exploration Station live animal collection.

Jessika Vazquez, Curator of Integrated Sciences said, “California is home to many arthropod species, some that are considered endangered due to environmental pressures like the Delhi Sand Flower-loving fly, a nectar feeding fly, that can be only be found in small sections of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Come spend a weekend with our partners and their many legged guests for this popular event!”

There will also be a host of family activities like a buggy photo booth, bug relay races, live bug encounters, Catch a Bug!, and bug crafts.

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.