Insect Expo Offers Hands-On Learning and Fun for All Ages

Backyard bugs, insect detectives, face painting, and more coming to Annapolis for "It's a Bug's World" Expo

It's a Bug's World 2018

What: "It's a Bug's World" Expo
When: March 18, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: The Westin Annapolis, 100 Westgate Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401
Who: Open to the public
Admission: Free

Annapolis, MD; March 5, 2018—Insect scientists will swarm Annapolis this month for the 89th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, and they'll also be hosting a free public expo for kids and parents. "It's a Bug's World" will take place on Sunday, March 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Westin Annapolis. The expo will feature interactive displays, demonstrations, and artwork, including:

  • Build-a-bug and face painting
  • Displays with butterflies, beetles, tarantulas, bees, and other backyard bugs
  • Insect detectives
  • Guides to watch out for the spotted lanternfly and other invasive insects
  • Tasty insect treats
  • Owls who dine on bugs
  • "Hotaru" (on the Japanese fondness for fireflies)
  • Harry the canine pest detector

And, a special featured exhibit this year, students and teachers from nearby W.H. Bates Middle School will showcase their 8-foot mosquito sculpture, part of an integrated mosquito education project that will have a meaningful impact on mosquito populations around school. The project was funded by a $5,000 kickstarter campaign via the Entomological Foundation, and the ESA Eastern Branch Meeting will mark the first unveiling of the sculpture.

Organizations and community members are invited to download and share the "It's a Bug's World" flyer to spread the word.

The Entomological Society of America's Eastern Branch scientific meeting sessions will take place March 17-19 at the Westin Annapolis. The three-day meeting will draw entomologists from northeastern and mid-Atlantic states and several Canadian provinces who will attend symposia on identifying and managing pest and invasive species, pollinator health and biodiversity, engaging the public in insect science, and several other topics. In addition, the meeting will feature submitted paper and poster presentations and student competitions. 


  • Faith Kuehn, "It's a Bug's World" program organizer, Delaware Department of Agriculture, 302-698-4587,
  • Joe Rominiecki, manager of communications, Entomological Society of America, 301-731-4535 x3009,  

ABOUT: ESA is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA today has nearly 7,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, the Society stands ready as a non-partisan scientific and educational resource for all insect-related topics. For more information, visit