Daily Planet Theater (1st Floor NRC)


The Secret Lives of Dragonflies
John Abbott, Director of Research and Collections
University of Alabama
Dragonflies and damselflies are some of the most spectacular insects with amazing lives, most of which you never see. This talk will explore the hidden nature of their biology and ecology.

Beautiful Dragonfly

Calopteryx maculata (Ebony Jewelwing)


Developing Insects for Food, Feed, Pharma and Other Valuable Applications
Dr. Aaron T. Dossey
All Things Bugs LLC
Insects as sustainable food ingredients is an emerging industry and field of research. I will present my research in insect farming, processing and product development as well as a look to the future of insects as tools for bioproduction of other materials such as nutrients, vaccines, pharmaceuticals, etc.

Windows on the World (3rd Floor NEC)


Eight Legged Freaks
Wade Harrell
The Harrell House of Natural Oddities
Arachnids are feared by many, but most are harmless to humans? Wade Harrell will be showing off and talking about a variety of live strange-but-gentle creatures including tarantulas, scorpions, vinegaroons, whipspiders and more.


What’s on Your Crayfish? Hidden Diversity in Our Streams
Bronwyn W. Williams, Research Curator of Non-Molluscan Invertebrates
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Crayfishes are nearly ubiquitous in freshwaters of North Carolina. As common as crayfishes are, few people are aware of the diversity of these charismatic animals, or that they play host to a variety of symbiotic organisms.


Life of a Silk Moth
Madison T. Drouin
When I was five my family found a Cecropia Silk Moth in Kentucky. We brought it home and it laid 150 eggs! This is the story of one of those eggs.

Cecropia Moth