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Presentation Schedule

Main Stage (Edenton Street)
10:00am Hybrid Zone (alternative rock)
11:15am Graffiti Monkeys (rock)
12:45pm Bug Cooking Demo featuring Pharaoh’s chef Jason Fox and Museum entomologist Dr. Julie Urban.
Free samples!
12:45pm Strolling band: Bloomsbury Boys
2:00pm Dan Paterno
Acoustic Rock for All Ages Featuring the Sing-along "Bugs in Your Rugs”
3:30pm Savannah Smith
Savannah Smith is a sixteen-year-old singer-songwriter from North Carolina. She recently released her first EP, “The Yellow Room Sessions.”
5:00pm Mosquito Legs
Playing original music written by Kelly Bourgeois, which has been described as massive, mystic, and visceral. Also featuring the most popular pop punk & rock 'n' roll covers. 

Graffiti Monkeys band

Bicentennial Plaza
10:45am, noon, 3pm, 6:30pm Alberti Flea Circus
WRAL 3D Theater (NEC, 1st Floor)
10:00am
11:00am
noon
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
3D Movie: Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure!
Noon showing only: Special Intro and Q&A to Bugs 3-D movie by Dr. Jason Cryan, Deputy Museum Director, Research & Collections
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
(Tickets required, please see Museum Box Office)
5:00pm Movie: James and the Giant Peach (not 3D)
Free!

James and the Giant Peach promo shot

Windows on the World (NEC, Third Floor)
9:30am Storytime: Life of a Silk Moth
Madison T. Drouin
Author
Watch the pages come to life during this 20 minute presentation by the author of "Life of a Silk Moth." It features live video and vivid photography of the largest moth in North America.
10:30am Eight is Great: An Introduction to Spiders and Other Arachnids
Steven Turner, PhD. Curator of The Naturalist Center
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
A quick intro to the different types of spiders and their relatives including some you've probably never heard of!
11:30am Bug-eating Lemurs? The Small & the Strange
Chris Smith
Duke Lemur Center
1:30pm It's Not Summer Without Cicadas
Bill Reynolds, Curator and Coordinator of the Arthropod Zoo
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Learn to recognize some of our common cicadas by sight and sound.
Ages 8 and older, please
2:30pm How To Start a Bug Zoo In Your Home!
Wade Harrell, Live Arthropod Curator
The Harrell House Bug Museum, Santa Fe New Mexico
Get an overview on keeping pet arthropods, including both native and exotic species. The presentation will have beginner bug keepers of all ages in mind!
3:30pm What Makes Bugs Tick?
Dan Johnson, DVM
Avian and Exotic Animal Care
Get an overview of the basic anatomy and physiology of insects and arachnids with a live arthropod demonstration.

SECU Daily Planet (NRC)
10:00am Bugs in Bugs: Important Associations between Insects and Microbes
Dr. Julie Urban, Assistant Director, Genomics & Microbiology Lab
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Lean about examples of associations between insects and microbes that have important implications for the insects' health and our own!
11:00am What Is a Stink Bug? An Introduction to the Insect Order Hemiptera
Dr. Jason Cryan, Deputy Museum Director, Research & Collections
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
The featured bug for BugFest 2014 is the stink bug. Dr. Cryan travels around the world studying insect biodiversity, focusing on the insect order Hemiptera, the group that includes stink bugs.He will introduce stink bugs and some of their more charismatic, and sometimes unbelievable, bug relatives.
1:00pm Stink Bugs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Brian A. Little, Graduate Research Assistant, Cotton Entomology
The University of Georgia, Department of Entomology
Learn about stink bugs as beneficial insects, crop pests and some of the invasive species currently causing issues.
2:00pm Movie: Bugged: The Race to Eradicate the Asian Longhorned Beetle
Introduction and Q&A with Jim Smith, Entomology Risk Analyst
USDA-CPHST-PERAL
The Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) is one of the “World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species” and could destroy one third of America’s trees. For the first time, the ALB infests a city on the edge of a natural forested area. "Bugged" follows scientists, government officials and private citizens who are the front lines in the ALB eradication war.
3:00pm My Inordinate Fondness for Beetles
Dr. Arthur V. Evans
A colorful and engaging look at the world of beetles, including a sneak peek at Evans' next book, Beetles of Western North America. A book signing for Beetles of Eastern North America will follow immediately after the lecture.
4:00pm Stink Bugs and Kin: Why So Stinky?
Dr. Matt Bertone
North Carolina State University
Many true bugs (specifically Heteroptera) produce strong scents to deter predators. Learn why and how stink bugs stink, along with other aspects of the biology of stink bugs and their close relatives.

Environmental Conference Ctr. (NRC, 4th Floor)
11am, 1pm, 3pm Tales from the Bug Whisperer: Tony’s Creepy Crawly Zoo

Event presentations are subject to change without notice.

Cecropia moth photo: Madison T. Drouin
Stink bug photo: Matt Bertone

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