Butterflies, bugs and beetles will invade the State Botanical Garden of Georgia on Saturday, Sept. 24 in Athens, Ga., for the annual Insect-ival.
The event opens at the visitor’s center at 9:30 a.m. and event stations will remain open until 12:30 p.m.
Families can enjoy discovery stations, roach and beetle races, an insect café, puppet shows and lots of live insects. Children can complete a series of activities to receive a special insect prize. Dozens of native butterflies will be released on the lawn of the International Garden at 11 a.m.
Admission is $5 per person, or a maximum of $20 per family. Children under age 2 are free.
The Insect-ival is sponsored by the botanical garden, the UGA Lund Club, the UGA department of entomology and the Georgia Museum of Natural History. For directions or more information, call (706) 542-6156 or go to the website www.uga.edu/botgarden.
(April R. Sorrow is a science writer with the University of Georgia Public Affairs Office.)