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Buggin' Out! Are You Brave Enough for NHM's Bug Fair?

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They flitter, flutter, crawl, and creep...and they can be a whole lot of fun. That's why the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) is buggin' out with their 26th annual Bug Fair on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, 2012.

The NHM's Bug Fair happens to be the biggest bug festival in North America, and we're told attendees will get their buggy fill of special presentations, bug chefs in action, roaming bug performers, and dozens of exhibitors.

So if you've ever wanted to hold a tarantula or millipede, geek out about insect habits, browse bug-related artwork or check out bug-related products (like stuff made with honey, silk, and wax), you'll probably want to check it out. Oh, and you can make a whole day of it if you also check out the annual Butterfly Pavilion!

In addition to some cool bug photos, the NHM has passed along the full schedule for the weekend of festivities.

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Schedule (Saturday and Sunday)

11 am: Jumping Spider walkabout (throughout NHM)
11:30 am: Praying Mantis walkabout (throughout NHM)
12 pm: Stilted Butterfly walkabout (throughout NHM)
12:30 pm: Bug Chef demo (South Lawn)
1 pm: Honey Bee walkabout (throughout NHM)
1:30 pm: Flower Fly walkabout (throughout NHM)
2 pm: Bug Chef demo (South Lawn)
2 pm: Cockroach walkabout (throughout NHM)
2:30 pm Praying Mantis walkabout (throughout NHM)
3 pm: Stilted Butterfly walkabout (throughout NHM)
3:30 pm: Bug Chef demo (South Lawn)

Admission info:

Bug Fair tickets, which includes admission to the Museum, are $12 for adults; $9 for seniors (62 and over) and students with ID; $8 for youth ages 13-17; $5 for children ages 5-12; FREE for children under 4 and for Museum members. Due to the popularity of Bug Fair, guests are encouraged to buy advanced tickets online so they can proceed directly to the Ticketholders Entrance. Members do not need separate Bug Fair tickets—they can present Membership card with picture ID at any Member Express Entrance.

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