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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Academy of Natural Sciences's Bug Fest 2016

Yesterday, despite the haze, heat, and humidity, I ventured into Philadelphia for the Academy of Natural Sciences's annual bug fest. In the past, usually volunteers would be outside showing off bugs and the bug chef would have buggy delights, but with the dangerous heat, they were all indoors. I will admit, I didn't arrive as early as I normally did. I had breakfast within Cappricio's and enjoyed the air condition and iced coffee. As I trekked from Cappricio's to the Academy, I saw a gentleman sitting outside feeding birds.

On the way to the Academy, I had to get pictures of the flags. I love the different flags. The sky was beautiful yesterday.

When I arrived, The Academy wasn't opened yet. I arrived at 9:50 and the Academy wasn't set to open until 10. I waited in the shade and was surprised to see the donkeys from the Democratic National Convention still standing.

Relief! It felt so nice stepping within the Academy of Natural Sciences! I walked through the North American Hall and for whatever reason, I signed up for the outdoor insect walk. Yesterday was the hottest day of the year, but I figured I wouldn't stay for the whole walk. I had 30 minutes to walk around until the walk.

Swallowtail butterflies are known as the skunks of the butterfly world. If threatened, they'll release a scent. The volunteer is demonstrating this - it did smell gross.

Before I went for my walk, I ate wax worm apple chutney and chocolate chirp cookies. They were so good! Insects take the flavor of whatever you cook them in. I loved the apple chutney the most.

At 11 AM, we met for the bug walk. It was so hot, but I did learn a lot for the forty minutes I was outside. I took some videos, which I will share with you. I also took a lot of pictures; despite the heat, the sky was gorgeous. I had a great time taking pictures.

When I went back in, I stayed in until I left the Academy of Natural Sciences. I ate more bugs, walked around the museum and learned many interesting bug and nature facts. I even ate dragonfly during the Bug Cook-Off. The chutney and dragonfly were my favorites.

I have 385 photos. I will share my album with you. Bug Fest 2016.


  1. Your photos are beautiful. I love the donkeys and the flags. I know the bug fest is fun for you, but for me it's ick! Ick! Ick!


    1. Hi Janie,

      Thank you! I love the flags and always have to take pictures of them. My author picture is front of the Lebanese flag. :)

      Insects take on the flavors they are cooked in! Sort of crunchy, but pretty good. :p