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Hokie Bug Fest

October 7, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hokie Bug Fest

Hokie BugFest is a free, one-day festival that celebrates the exciting science of entomology with science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities for all ages.

Highlights include more than 30 exhibits from Virginia Tech labs, local museums, and community groups as well as live arthropods, hands-on science activities, and the Dan Capps Insect Collection.

  • When: Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a special pre-opening from 9 to 10 a.m. for anyone with special needs
  • Location: Squires Student Center, Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus.

What’s on display

  • Dan Capps Insect Collection: One of the largest private insect collections in the country, featuring hundreds of pinned specimens from across the globe including walking sticks that measure over 2 feet; goliath, Hercules, and other massive beetles; vibrant butterflies and moths; and more. Several new frames of specimens will be premiered at the event.
  • Live arthropods from the Hokie BugZoo: View and touch arthropods such as tarantulas, scorpions that glow, blue death feigning beetles, giant hissing cockroaches, whip spiders, vinegarroons, and more.
  • 3D insect images: Attendees will use iPads to manipulate 360-degree views of real insects created by the University Libraries.
  • 4-H Insect Collection Contest: See insect collections entered by young entomologists from around the region. Winners will be announced, and ribbons and prizes will be given.
Dan Capps Insect Collection
Dan Capps show off his insect collection at the 2022 Hokie BugFest. Photo by James Mason for Virginia Tech.


Squires Student Center, Virginia Tech
290 College Ave.
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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