The UA is hosting the Arizona Insect Festival, according to Eric Swedlund, at UANews. It is scheduled for Sunday, September 15 at the Student Union Memorial Center. Both children and adults will enjoy the 20 booths filled with insects of all kinds.
The Department of Entomology maintains a large collection of butterflies, moths, bees, spiders and other insects and bugs, which is undergoing a renovation and expansion in insects as well as better protection for them. They have acquired more space in the Forbes Building. In addition, technological improvements include computerized workstations and a database to make the collection accessible online.
The University of Arizona insect collection is available to students as well as on-campus and visiting researchers. Swedlund quotes Gene Hall, the collections manager: "You can look at the collection like a library in a sense. You can think of the different groups of insects as books, the different species as pages, and the different localities as words on the page."
The collection has been growing for 70 years. Collectors keep track of the place and time the specimens are found. Thus, Tucson has a record of the changing biodiversity of the area.
At the festival, parents and children can visit the Arthropod Zoo Hall of Biodiversity. Here they can observe and hold insects for a close up view.
A Bug Guide on line collects pictures of insects and bugs from the U.S. and Canada for those who want to get early looks or more information.
So grab the kids and grandkids and head for the Student Union Memorial Center, 1303 E University Blvd. September 15 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.