Extension Bug Bizarre to be held Oct. 7 in Deep Run Recreation Center

Recreation & Parks to host outdoor showing of “A Bug’s Life” Oct. 6

The Henrico Extension Bug Bizarre, a free community festival celebrating the joy and excitement of entomology, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 in the Deep Run Recreation Center, 9900 Ridgefield Parkway.

The event is open to the public and will feature live insect displays and children’s activities. A new exhibit for the 4th Bug Bizarre is an interactive exhibit on the identification of Good Bugs/Bad Bugs! Exhibits also will feature a honey-making beehive and a butterfly exhibit, which will highlight butterflies and caterpillars.

Madagascar hissing cockroaches will be on display and will participate in races. The Bug Bizarre will present information on the spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect from Asia that has increased its range in Virginia. The spotted lanternfly has been found locally, so residents should know how to identify it and be aware of the damage it can cause to trees, plants and crops.

The Bug Bizarre will be hosted by the Henrico office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Henrico Extension Master Gardeners and other community partners.

In addition, the Division of Recreation & Parks will host a free outdoor showing of “A Bug’s Life” on Friday, Oct. 6 at Deep Run. The film will begin after sunset around 7 p.m., and families are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket and a flashlight.

For more information about the Bug Bizarre, call (804) 501-5160 or go to henrico.us/extension.

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