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Presentation Schedule

Daily Planet (Nature Research Center)
  All Shows 30-45 minutes long
10am Most Wanted: Bad Bugs in the Forest
Stacy Blomquist, Biological Science Technician
USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station
Thousands of trees are lost each year to destructive forest insects. Learn about the top 10 bad bugs in the forest.
Wanted: Dendroctonus frontalis, Alias: Southern Pine Beetle
11:30 It's an Invasion! Non-Native Forest Insects Threaten North Carolina Trees
Kelly Oten, Ph.D.
North Carolina Forest Service
One of the biggest threats to North Carolina forests are invasive insects and the disease agents they carry.  What effects are they having on our forest ecosystems and what can we do to stop them?
1pm Hot Air Balloons and Rope — Methods that Scientists Use to Survey Bugs in the Treetops
Meg Lowman, NCMNS Senior Scientist/Professor, NCSU
NCSU and NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Learn how scientists have created a TOOLKIT to study the forest canopy, where more insects live than anywhere else on the planet-millions of species remain undiscovered, so this is a hotspot for future exploration.
Meg Lowman on a canopy bridge
2:30 The Exoskeletons in Your Closet: Exploring the Diversity of Arthropods in Our Homes
Michelle Trautwein, Assistant Director, Biodiversity Laboratory
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
4pm Backyard Bugs inside the Beltline: Arthropod Fauna of a Raleigh Yard
Dr. Matt Bertone
North Carolina State University Plant Disease & Insect Clinic
How far do you have to go to encounter beautiful, weird and amazing insects, spiders and other arthropods? Not very far, as you will learn from this photographic tour of a typical suburban Raleigh yard.

Planthopper nymph photo by Matt Bertone
Windows on the World (Main Building, Third Floor)
  All Shows 30-45 minutes long
9:30am Storytime: Life of a Silk Moth
Madison DrouinMadison T. Drouin
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 live video of the caterpillar and moth through every stage of its life.
10:30 Lurking in the Depths: The Wonderful World of Aquatic Insects
Chris Goforth, Senior Manager of Citizen Science
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Aquatic insects are found in nearly every inland body of water, but few people have ever had an up-close and personal encounter with these fascinating denizens of the deep.  Join us and learn about the amazing, awe-inspiring, and wacky world of aquatic insects!
Thermonectus nigrofasciatus photo by Chris Goforth
11:30 A Bug-Eating Lemur? The Amazingly Weird Aye-Aye!
Chris Smith, Education Specialist
Duke Lemur Center
Lemurs eat bugs? The aye-aye does, and no animal on the planet could be stranger! With teeth like a rodent, a rotating middle finger, a not-so-cute face, and only found in Madagascar, the aye-aye stands out as one of nature’s most bizarre, and amazing, insectivores.  The Duke Lemur Center will be at BugFest to talk about the aye-aye and all the things that make them so special. Hope to see you there!
Aye-aye photo by Frank Vassen
1:30 LAST WEEK on my Insect Collecting Expedition to Vietnam, I Saw…
 Dr. Julie Urban, Assistant Director, Genomics & Microbiology Lab
 NC Museum of Natural Sciences
This presentation will give you the sights and sounds of Dr. Urban's experiences on a very recent collecting expedition to the tropical rainforests of Vietnam.
2:30 Scorpions: Facts vs. Fiction
Wade Harrell, Live Arthropod Curator
The Harrell House Bug Museum, Santa Fe New Mexico
Wade Harrell will be handling live scorpions and dispelling the many myths associated with them.
Wade Harrell in front of a giant scorpion model
3:30 Remote Controlled Cyborg Insects for Search and Rescue (As Seen On TV)
Professor Alper Bozkurt
North Carolina State University, iBionicS Laboratory
This presentation is about the latest efforts at NC State to build a cyborg network of instrumented insects for searching victims after natural disasters. This research was highlighted on several shows on national and international TV channels including Discovery Channel, CNN and National Geographic.
11am MOVIE: Bugged: The Race to Eradicate the Asian Longhorned Beetle
Introduction by Jim Smith, Entomology Risk Analyst
1pm Scorpions: Encounters with a Living Fossil*
Lauren Esposito, PhD
University of California at Berkeley
Scorpions are animals that inspire fear and wonder at the mere mention of their name.  They are also an ancient, unique, and diverse group, the study of which can reveal a great deal about medicine, the effects of climate change, and evolution.
Scorpion photo courtesy Lauren Esposito
2pm The Earth’s Coolest Bugs: The Hidden World of Hoppers
 Jason Cryan, PhD, Deputy Museum Director for Research & Collections
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
To some people, “bugs” can be creepy or even frightening…but they also can be endlessly fascinating and even cool! Dr. Cryan, an evolutionary biologist specializing in tropical insect diversity, will introduce the audience to a charismatic and often unbelievable group of insects called ‘hoppers.’
Pyrops sarawak photo by Jason Cryan
3pm Tracking Insect Migrations from the International Space Station with ICARUS
Martin Wikelski
Max-Planck Institute of Ornithology and University of Konstanz, Germany
This talk will show how important it is to understand the global movement patterns of animals and their individual life stories. Wikelski will also describe the technical solution to a new global animal observation system.
4pm The Beauty of a Scorpion
Catherine Bartlett, M.S., M. Ed; Invertebrate Specialist
Arizona- Sonora Desert Museum
According to most, scorpions are a symbol of cruelty and an animal to be feared; however, there is much to be admired and learned from this curious animal.  This fun talk will focus on this beautiful animal from pedipalps to stinger and give a natural history overview of one of the oldest known terrestrial arthropods.
scorpion on a rock, courtesy Catherine Bartlett
WRAL 3D Theater (Main Building, First Floor)
5pm MOVIE: The Black Scorpion (1957)
Volcanic activity frees giant scorpions from the earth who wreak havoc in the rural countryside and eventually threaten Mexico City.
FREE showing! Run time 88 minutes
The Black Scorpion movie poster

Event presentations and displays are subject to change without notice.

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