Solution to bee! Guelph Bug Day returns in individual

Photos of arthropods, like this black swallowtail butterfly spotted in a Guelph backyard, could win the photographer a “buggy prize pack” from Guelph Bug Day on Aug. 21, 2022.

Bug-themed art, food and fun will bee the focus when Guelph Bug Day returns to the Arboretum on Aug. 21.

Here’s the buzz about this local event:

WHAT IS BUG DAY?

Guelph Bug Day is a free educational event for insect-lovers of all ages that was started by graduate students at the University of Guelph. The goal is to cultivate a love for creepy crawly creatures by giving people a chance to check them out up close.

The day includes a chance to check out live specimens, guided bug-catching hikes on the Arboretum’s grounds, hands on insect-themed activities and crafts, insect cuisine, bug-related vendors and more.

WHEN AND WHERE IS BUG DAY?

The rain-or-shine event runs Aug. 21 from 10 am to 5 pm at the OAC Centennial Arboretum Centre, 200 Arboretum Rd.

Some activities of note include kids’ hikes from 11 am to 12 pm and from 3 to 4 pm; a pollinator hike from 1 to 2 pm; a forest hike from 2 to 3 pm; pinning workshops from 11 am to 12 pm and from 3 to 4 pm; and tours of the Honey Bee Research Center from 10:30 am to 12:15 pm, and from 2 to 3:45 pm

ARE THERE OTHER WAYS TO TAKE PART IN BUG DAY?

People can participate from a distance via an iNaturalist event, the Bug Day Backyard Bonanza, that asks people to “get outside and find some backyard bugs.”

Starting Aug. 1, participants have three weeks to find as many different types of bugs as they can, and share their findings on social media. The person who finds the most species will win a buggy prize pack.

There is also a photo contest, with separate prizes for kids ages 12 and under and for people ages 13 and up. Submit bug photos along with your name and contact info to [email protected] for a chance to win.

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