BugFest 2008 is crawling into the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Saturday (Sep. 20), and co-organizer Liz Jones hopes it will get people to love bugs.
She says, We want to open peoples eyes to the cool side of bugs, and show them that bugs arent bad to have around.
Jones is putting together many events to help spread insect appreciation, especially for their star bugs the cockroaches with the Roachingham 500 cockroach races.
Madagascar hissing cockroaches will creep to the finish line while being cheered on by the crowd, but dont hold your breath for a speedy race.
Jones says, Theyre not very fast at all. It takes a lot of encouragement, the right temperature, and whether theyre in the mood.
Though Jones says a good poking can help the roaches move things along, they still take a few minutes to reach the checkered flag.
Some dont finish at all, however, and opt to rest the whole race.
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