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Date(s) - 03/11/2018
Time: - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

OdySea in the Desert

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Sun, 3/11 | 10AM-3PM
Free in the outdoor courtyard of OdySea in the Desert.
No admission required to attend.
All ages welcome!

The Butterfly Wonderland & OdySea Aquarium Foundations present the biggest bug bash of the year with the first annual Bug Fest event! Enjoy cockroach races, edible insect treats, crafts, insect petting zoos and more.


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This event is free and recommended for bug-lovers of all ages.

Stations & Activities include:

Cockroach Races
Come one, come all to the race of the century! This is a competition unlike any other, featuring some of the animal kingdom’s most impressive athletes. These competitors are in peak physical condition with tough-as-nails exoskeletons, six nimble legs, and a hunger for victory. Step up and see if you can predict who will scurry across the finish line first.

Insect Petting Zoo
Petting Zoos are known for housing some of the cutest and cuddliest animals around, and this Petting Zoo is no exception… well, so long as you consider Giant katydids, millipedes, and tarantulas “cuddly.” These gentle giants are often described as scary or gross, but we’d like to politely disagree and instead invite you to face your fears and maybe make a new friend.

Entomophagy (bug tasting)
Despite the fact that edible insects are absolutely delicious, for some, it requires a bit of bravery to take the leap. Edible insects hold huge potential as an ingredient in creating new and delicious foods. The more you know about the benefits associated with edible insects the easier and more enjoyable the experience becomes.

Admit it, this might be the most unforgettable gift ever. For just $5 we’re offering up the chance to name a cockroach after someone you love (…or hate) and receive a personalized naming certificate. Customize a roach name card, snap a photo, and share it with your loved ones and/or sworn enemies. All proceeds go to the Butterfly Wonderland Foundation.

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Meet some of the Southwest’s most helpful, horrifying, and harmful inhabitants. Learn which species to welcome, which to avoid, and which to call an expert about.

Dream up and bring to life your very own creature creations with our Build-A-Bug craft station, or skip the DIY and take home a one-of-a-kind insect greeting card instead.

Butterfly Gardening Station
A Butterfly Wonderland specialist will demonstrate which plants to add to your garden to attract beautiful butterflies this season.

Bee Station by Rango Honey
Meet bee keeping experts, learn the ins & outs of caring for these important pollinators, and even sample some local honey varieties.

Canine Bed Bug Detection Station
Sit, stay, fetch some bed bugs! This pest control approach specializes in bed bug treatment using highly trained, licensed and certified bed bug detection dog teams. Meet these professional pooches & their trainers and learn what it takes to become an expert in pest prevention.

Questions? Call us at 480.800.3000
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