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Community invited to get buggy at UGA insect zoo By Stephanie Schupska

Roach races, cricket spitting and insect eating will once again highlight the annual Insect Zoo put on by the University of Georgia entomology department and the H.O. Lund Entomology Club. The zoo, now in its 26th year, will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. April 1 at the biological sciences building on UGA’s campus in Athens, Ga.

The day will also include insect displays with everything from tarantulas and honeybees to scorpions and hissing cockroaches, insect trivia, a spelling bee, an insect eating contest and arts and crafts.

Besides the insect zoo, UGA’s Entomology Department works within the local community bringing living insects, centipedes, millipedes, scorpions and spiders and museum specimens from Georgia and other parts of the world to schools, libraries, organizations or community centers for interactive display.

For more information and an updated schedule of events, visit 0019 www.ent.uga.edu/insectzoo 47AF or e-mail Marianne Robinette at entomolo@uga.edu.

(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia Public Affairs Office.)

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Marianne Robinette, right, gently takes a tarantula named Rosie from one student before handing her to another in Athens, Ga., April 2010.

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Marianne Robinette, right, gently takes a tarantula named Rosie from one student before handing her to another in Athens, Ga., April 2010. Download Image
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UGA students stare at a more dangerous tarantula than the one Marianne Robinette allowed zoo visitors to handle at the UGA Insect Zoo in Athens, Ga., April 2010.

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A UGA student shows off his mealworm chocolate chip cookie at the UGA Insect Zoo in April 2010.

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