'Moth Madness' at Penn State's Great Insect Fair

University Park, Pa. -- What's the difference between a moth and a butterfly? Why do they fly by night? Find out the answers to these and other questions about moths and other six-legged critters at Penn State's 16th annual Great Insect Fair, being held on Oct. 3.

Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences' entomology department, the fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Snider Agricultural Arena, at the corner of Park Avenue and Fox Hollow Road (across from Beaver Stadium) on the University Park campus.
 
Themed "Moth Madness," this year's fair will feature fun games such as "Mothra vs. Batman," a moth-mask craft activity, displays and a moth and butterfly tent, according to Steve Jacobs, senior extension associate in entomology and fair coordinator.
 
"Many people don't realize moths play an important role in pollinating plants," he said. "In fact, some flowers that bloom only at night depend on night-flying moths for pollination."
 
Organizers said other fun and interactive events are being planned to appeal to people of all ages.
  • -- Build-A-Bug Competition -- Bring your homemade insect for judging and a chance to win prizes (for rules and guidelines, visit the Web site at http://entscied.cas.psu.edu/BAB.html).
  • -- Insect Olympics
  • -- Cockroach Races
  • -- Putt Putt Golf
  • -- Butterfly Tent -- Interact with live butterflies.
  • -- Insect Petting Zoo -- See and touch many fascinating, live insects from around the world.
  • -- Insect Deli -- Featuring infamous "Chocolate Chirpies" (chocolate-covered crickets).
  • -- Ladybug Theater
  • -- Live Musical Entertainment
  • -- Children's Games and Activities
  • -- Insect Vendors -- Shop for insect pets and insect arts, crafts, books and T-shirts.
  • -- The BugMobile! -- Learn about insects and integrated pest management while chatting with the one and only talking car.
Admission to the Great Insect Fair is free, although donations will be accepted to help defray costs. Free parking is available at the Snider Agricultural Arena and across Park Avenue behind the Centre County/Penn State Visitor Center. For more information, call the entomology department at 814-865-1895 or visit on the Web at http://agsci.psu.edu/insect-fair.
 
Established in 1963, the Department of Entomology provides undergraduate education, graduate student training and extension outreach education focusing on both domestic and international issues in insect science and pest management. Twenty-three faculty and more than 30 graduate students work on a variety of research topics providing insights into insect ecology, behavior and molecular biology as well as integrated pest management.
 
The department is part of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. For information about solving insect problems, descriptions of research and education programs or admission to the graduate program, visit the Web at http://ento.psu.edu/ or contact the department at 814-865-1895.
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Last Updated November 18, 2010