Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will make it easy for people to have a little fun getting “bugged” at the OSU Bug Bash on Nov. 1.


Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will make it easy for people to have a little fun getting “bugged” at the OSU Bug Bash on Nov. 1.


 Face it, people and bugs go together. There is the little girl who is cute as a bug’s ear, that warm feeling one gets from being as snug as a bug in a rug and most of us have been hit hard by the love bug at some point in our lives.


Most people do not realize how intimate their lives are with those of insects, said Andrine Shufran, coordinator for outreach programs in the division’s department of entomology and plant pathology.
“Adults tend to have a negative association with all creepy crawlies, often because they’re reacting to false stereotypes,” Shufran said. “We have found that by exposing and educating children to the world of insects, fear is replaced with fascination, while the parents learn interesting things as well.”


The 2008 OSU Bug Bash will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Insect Adventure, located east of the OSU Botanical Gardens on West Virginia Street, one block north of Highway 51. Signs will be posted. There is no cost to attend.


Activities will include numerous fun, educational insect-related activities; a fear factor challenge; live petting zoo; face painting and games. Participants can even enjoy a savory crunchy munchie or two, bugs that are actually yummy for the tummy.


“Bugs are awesome,” Shufran said. “We have millipedes, spiders as big as the palm of your hand, four species of walkingsticks, strange arachnids most people have never seen, the ever-popular Madagascar hissing cockroaches and lots more.”


Those with questions about the upcoming Bug Bash or tours of the OSU Insect Adventure should contact Shufran by e-mail at andrine@okstate.edu or by phone at (405) 744-7755.