Society & Culture

UGA to host 28th Annual Insect Zoo Open House

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Bug Dawgs in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences department of entomology will host the 28th Annual Insect Zoo Open House April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on D.W. Brooks Drive in front of the Miller Plant Sciences Building.

The insect zoo will feature activities including a photo booth, live bug exhibits, roach races, a butterfly release and-for children-face painting, insect painting and other arts and crafts. There also will be a lottery with several prizes. Daring participants will have the opportunity to try tasty snacks made from insects.

“The insect zoo’s hands-on approach to learning makes this 28th annual community open house very exciting as it offers an interactive and engaging experience for visitors,” said Marianne Shockley Cruz, an academic professional associate in the department of entomology. “We hope the insect zoo teaches people to appreciate insects and understand their importance in our lives.”

The UGA Bug Dawgs is a student organization that strives to educate the local community and spread awareness of entomology-related topics, causes and issues. They use insect zoos to interact with the local community by bringing living insects, centipedes, millipedes, scorpions, spiders and museum specimens from Georgia and other parts of the world to schools, libraries, organizations and community centers for interactive displays.

For more information on the insect zoo, contact Cruz at For more information on the department of entomology, see