Insect Expo Promises Fun and Learning for All Ages

Bees, a Beetle Robot, and Well-Pampered Crickets to Convene in Newport at "It's a Bug's World" Expo, Hosted by ESA Eastern Branch

Newport, RI; March 6, 2017—Thousands of insects and a swarm of entomologists will converge on Newport for the 88th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America in mid-March. The meeting will include a free public expo, "It's a Bug's World," for kids and parents on Sunday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the atrium of the Newport Marriott. "It's a Bug's World" will feature interactive displays, demonstrations, and artwork, including:

  • Build-a-Bug and Face Painting
  • Dave the Bug Guy and University of Delaware's Insect Zoo
  • Asian Longhorned Beetle Robot
  • Nibbles Woodaway, a.k.a The Big Blue Bug
  • The Well Pampered Cricket
  • Arts From Parts (of Insects)
  • Are You TickSmart?
  • Mosquito Habitats and Zika
  • Know (and Taste!) Your Arthropods
  • Pollinator Gardens with University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners
  • Rhode Island Beekeepers Association

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

The Entomological Society of America's Eastern Branch scientific meeting sessions will take place March 18-21 at the Newport Marriott. 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, insects' responses to climate change, and several other topics. In addition, the meeting will feature submitted paper and poster presentations and student competitions. 

It's a Bug's World 2017What: "It's a Bug's World" Expo

When: March 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Newport Marriott, 25 America's Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

Who: Open to the public

Admission: Free


  • 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 more than 6,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. The Society stands ready as a non-partisan scientific and educational resource for all insect-related topics. For more information, visit