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Presentation Schedule 2015

Main Stage (Edenton Street)
10:00am The Mosquito Legs - TML plays original music written by Kelly Bourgeois which has been described as massive, mystic, and visceral, as well as the most popular pop punk & rock n roll covers.
11:15am Graffiti Monkeys - Playing together for over 8 years, the Graffiti Monkeys hail from Wake Forest and play a mix of Alternative Rock originals and covers.
2:00pm Daddy O.T. - Acoustic magic and high-energy electric jams.
3:30pm Hybrid Zone - Hybrid Zone is a 4 piece alt-rock band from Cary that has been playing together for two years.
With a wide variety of musical influences, each member contributes something unique to the band as a whole.
5:00pm SunShine Alley - SunShine Alley is an all original band from the Raleigh area with a melodic mix of pop, folk, rock and country.

Graffiti Monkeys band

Other Music
12:45pm Bloomsbury Boys
A little jazz, a little nostalgia – happy music close-up and personal!
3:00pm Athens Drive Percussion Band
The BugFest Theme Arthropod, the cicada, is an amazing insect. Perhaps you did not know that the incredible sounds they make are percussive! Hang out with the band and enjoy some human-made percussive music…maybe a cicada will chime in!

Blue dasher dragonfly obelisking by Chris Goforth

Windows on the World (NEC, Third Floor)
10:00am Confessions of a Bug Wrangler: Don't Try This At Home!
Wade Harrell, Harrell House Bug Museum, Santa Fe NM
All ages
Harrell will be demonstrating bug wrangling techniques with LIVE tarantulas, scorpions and more!
11:00am What's on Your Crayfish? Hidden Diversity in Our Streams
Bronwyn W. Williams, Research Curator of Crustaceans, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
All ages
Crayfishes are common inhabitants of freshwaters of North Carolina, and indeed eastern North America. But did you know that crayfishes are landscapes upon which entire communities of tiny multicellular organisms exist?
1:00pm Life of a Silk Moth
Madison T. Drouin, Author
All ages
When Madison was five, she found a Cecropia Silk Moth, which is the largest moth in North America. It laid 150 eggs! This is the story of one of those eggs. Watch the story come to life during a 20-minute presentation by the young author, which features video of the caterpillar and moth through every stage of its life.
2:00pm What's All the Buzz about Pollinators?
Stacy Blomquist, U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station
All ages
What's all the buzz in the news about pollinators? Are our honey bees in danger? What about native bees? What other pollinators are out there? Come learn the answers to these questions and also how you can help our pollinators.
3:00pm Snake Doctors, Mosquito Hawks, and Devil's Darning Needles: The Amazing World of Dragonflies
Chris Goforth; Head, Citizen Science, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
All ages
An all-ages-friendly overview of the dragonflies and damselflies and the roles they play in the environment.
4:00pm What Makes Bugs Tick?
Dr. Dan Johnson, Avian and Exotic Animal Care
All ages
A quick introduction to arthropod anatomy and physiology for all ages!

How Rude! Ten Real Bugs Who Won't Mind Their Manners by Heather Montgomery - book cover

SECU Daily Planet (NRC)
10:30am Hidden Ultraviolet Colors in Butterflies
Dr. Eric Butler, Shaw University
Ages 12 and older
Learn about research where butterflies and moths were photographed in ultraviolet and infrared, as well as visible light. In some cases, this showed invisible patterns on the butterflies which would be visible to other butterflies.
11:30am "Bad Boys" — Bugs Who Won't Behave
Heather L. Montgomery, Author, Children's Nonfiction
All ages
Some bugs burp. Some bugs slurp. Some even eat their sisters! Award-winning author/educator Heather L. Montgomery will share stories of bugs who litter, bugs who pass gas, and other "Bad Boys" of the bug world.
BOOKSIGNING TO FOLLOW PRESENTATION
12:30pm Cicadas' Charismatic Cousins
Jason R. Cryan, PhD, Deputy Director and Chief, Research & Collections, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
All ages
The 2015 BugFest focal insect is the cicada...but the cicada's closest relatives include some of the world's most bizarre, extreme, and unbelievable animals! This presentation will introduce BugFest visitors to the incredible, hidden world of hoppers!
1:30pm Insect Singers: Cicadas
Dr. John Cooley, The University of Connecticut
All ages
Trace cicadas through history, literature, and art — and end with the periodical cicadas, due to emerge in North Carolina in 2017!
2:30pm Cicadas: The Perfect Bug!
Bill Reynolds, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Ages 8 and older
Cicadas are among the most recognized of insects and their calls are a familiar element of summer. This program will help familiarize the public with some of North Carolina’s most common cicada species & fun facts about cicadas in general.
3:30pm The Most Interesting Critters You've Never Heard Of
Dr. Matt Bertone, NC State University Department of Entomology, Plant Disease and Insect Clinic
All ages
North Carolina has an amazing diversity of arthropods and other invertebrates. Often times, however, only the most conspicuous and showy species are familiar to the general public. Learn about some of the more interesting insects, spiders and other invertebrates that remain relatively obscure to the public, yet can be found in the state, even in backyards and homes!

Event presentations are subject to change without notice.

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