Warning: This event makes people antsy.

The New York Hall of Science hosts family-friendly Bug Day on Saturday, June 30, from noon to 4 p.m.

In addition to learning the difference between the terms “entomology” and “entomophagy,” this annual spectacle provides attendees with opportunities to hold, observe, and even taste insects. They also learn where creepy crawlers live, what they eat – and who likes to eat them.

Spiders, too!

Six insect-loving educational groups — BoroughBees; Brooklyn Bugs; Foldscope Instruments; Merci Mercado; Midtown Carnivores; and the PBS TV series NOVA Wonders – will lead workshops, lectures, and hands-on activities for all ages over the four hours. And since Marvel sponsors Bug Day, from noon to 3 p.m., the entertainment company will hand out promotional items related to the film “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which has a July 6 release. Finally, the six-part PBS science miniseries “NOVA Wonders: What’s Living In You?” will screen throughout the afternoon.

Here’s the schedule for talks and demonstrations.

  • Investigating Carnivorous Plants with Jonathan Kui of Midtown Carnivores at 1 p.m.
  • That’s On My Face? at 1 p.m. Featuring clips from “NOVA Wonders: What’s Living In You?,” this activity explores the microbes that live in — and on — human bodies. Attendees will learn about face mites and some scream-inducing parasitic invaders that hitch rides on mosquitoes and grow inside humans.
  • Meet a NOVA Wonders Host at 1:45 p.m. Neuroscientist Andre Fenton will discuss a new series that takes viewers to the frontiers of science, where researchers are tackling questions about life and the cosmos.
  • How Poop Can Save Lives at 2 p.m. Also featuring clips from “NOVA Wonders,” this demonstration explores a new health treatment using pills that contain human poop.
  • What Is Food? An Introduction to Edible Insects at 2:30 p.m. Brooklyn Bugs Chef Joseph Yoon informs on edible insects and offers dishes with everything from ants and mealworms to crickets and grasshoppers.
  • NOVA Wonders: The Power of Poop at 3:15 p.m. Learn about poop, the process of fecal transplantation, and how the company OpenBiome makes lifesaving pills from human excrement.

Here’s a list of activities, which are scheduled for the entire time unless otherwise noted.

  • Beekeeping101. Learn about bees and taste their honey with Tim O’Neal from BoroughBees and his mobile hive.
  • Bugged Out with the New York Hall of Science’s Early Childhood Department. Explore insect habitats and anatomy and use everyday materials to design and create crawly friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Create and take home paper microscopes, known as “Foldscopes,” that have magnification of 140X and 2 micron resolution.
  • Bugs NYSCI. Hold and learn about hissing cockroaches, observe leaf cutter ants in action, and attend a feeding of the museum’s bearded dragon.
  • Merci Mercado: Incredibly Delicious Grasshoppers and Worms From Southern Mexico.
  • Meet Your Mites with NOVA. Learn about Demodex mites, which live out their entire lives in the pores of humans and other mammals.
  • Medicine from WHAT? with NOVA. Using chocolate ice cream instead of poop, learn what the gut microbiome is and how bacteria in the gut can cure infections.
  • Microbe Button-Making and Carbon Sponge Tours. Learn about soil microbes and use Carbon Sponge microbe illustrations to make buttons.
  • Observe and Hold a Variety of Insects and Arachnids with John Fuentes from the American Museum of Natural History.

Bug Day is free with paid admission to the New York Hall of Science, which is located at 47-01 111th St. at the extreme west of Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

*Editor’s note: A subset of zoology, “entomology” is the scientific study of insects. “Entomophagy” is the practice of eating insects, including by humans.

Images: New York Hall of Science


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