One of the many reasons we are lucky to live near the University of Illinois campus: the Insect Fear Film Festival! The festival, now in its 29th year, is put on by the entomology department grad students. This is a great kid friendly community event - there are bugs to handle, art to peruse, and movies/shorts/trailers to watch! This year's theme was International Ant Films. It was loads of fun, as usual. I have early memories of attending the festival in my youth - I remember holding a tarantula and eating fried meal worms (they tasted like french fries!).
Here are some of the photos from our evening's adventures:
M sits patiently for face painting.
C sits patiently too!
Finished product - a red ant that C insisted was a spider.
M's finished product - a beautiful butterfly!
Mama with two Lubber Grasshoppers!
Sharing a moment
C expressing his disgust that the hissing cockroach was crawling up my arm.
Met up with friend O for some laughs.
We ♥ bugs.