Who runs the Fest?

The University of Arizona’s (UA) Department of Entomology has been staging the festival since 2011. We are dedicated to research, teaching, and agricultural extension, and have expertise in all things insects.

Need to Identify an Insect?

Contact the UA Insect Collection.

Looking for insect outreach in your Tucson area classroom?

Contact our Insect Discovery outreach program.

What happens at the Fest?

You get to play with insects and other arthropods. You learn about their biology. What could be better? Interact with UA scientists and community partners at more than 20 insect-themed booths. There are lots of opportunities to see, hold, and even eat insects! And it’s free! This is a great event for children and everyone else who likes cool stuff.

Scientist exhibitors come from academic departments across UA including EntomologyEcology and Evolutionary Biology, and Neurobiology. Local non-profit organizations such as Southeast Butterfly AssociationTucson Botanical GardensTohono Chul,National Park Service, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum also bring fun and educational exhibits.

Courtyard of the Environment and Natural Resources 2 Building, where we’ve staged the festival in recent years.

Photos from past festivals

Dr. Wendy Moor offers Gabrielle Giffords a gentle Giant Whip Scorpion in 2013
Festival attendees and their bugs
Entomology graduate student John Palting, eliminating fears and fostering appreciation of arthropods.
Ocotillo caterpillars are a hit.
Dr. Kathleen Walker shows off her friendly cockroaches.
Dr. Bruce Tabashnik explains insect-resistant transgenic crops.
Dr Wendy Moore and her Arthropod Zoo Team.

Please join us! Learning and fun are guaranteed.

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