SECU Daily Planet Theater — 1st Floor, Nature Research Center

Procambarus clarkii by Mael Glon.

11:30am: Do Crayfish Feel Pain?
Zen Faulkes, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Crayfish, lobsters, and crabs mean tasty food for some people, but others worry about whether crustaceans can suffer and if they are treated humanely on their way to the plate. Biologist Zen Faulkes takes you through the science of crustacean sensations.  This talk is recommended for visitors 8 years old and older.

12:30pm: Live Tarantula and Scorpion Feeding!
Wade Harrell, Harrell House Bug Museum
Predators in action! Join us as we feed live tarantulas and scorpions on stage and learn about their predatory habits.

Justin O. Schmidt

1:30pm: The Sting of the Wild — Stinging Insects Are Beautiful!
Justin O. Schmidt, Research Entomologist, Southwestern Biological Institute
Stinging insects are often beautiful for a reason – they sting. Their ability to sting not only makes them conspicuous and beautiful, it also allows them to have fascinating lives. The Schmidt Sting Pain Scale is one way we can measure our fascination with stinging insects.

3:30pm: Bugs on Film! Insect Behavior Up Close and in Slow Motion
Dr. Adrian Smith, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Join insect behavioral ecologist Dr. Adrian Smith, Head of the Evolutionary Biology & Behavior Research Lab, as he takes you through dramatic videos of unseen insect behaviors.

Kanawha upland burrowing crayfish. Photo: Zac Loughman.

4:30pm: Crazy Crawdads and Maddening Mudbugs: Natural History and Conservation of North American Crayfish
Dr. Zac Loughman, West Liberty University
The presentation will cover the role crayfishes play in nature, why crayfish are important to the ecosystems they occur in, and why everybody should care about these enigmatic crustaceans.

Windows on the World — 3rd Floor, Nature Exploration Center

10:30am: Eight-Legged Freaks
Wade Harrell, Harrell House Bug Museum
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.

11:30am: Cicadas of NC
Bill Reynolds, Head of the Arthropod Zoo, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Cicadas are are among the most familiar of insects and their calls are the essence of summer, especially in the east.  This talk is recommended for visitors 8 years old and older.

Dragonfly by Chris Goforth
12:30pm: The Great Dragonfly Migrations
Chris Goforth, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Did you know that one of the longest animal migrations on Earth is a species of dragonfly we can find right here in North Carolina?  Learn more about how and why dragonflies migrate and how YOU can help scientists learn more about this important and interesting behavior.

Bumble bee on Clematis flower by Nancy Lee Adamson

1:30pm: Meet Our Wonderful Native Bees!
Nancy Lee Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Meet some of the native bees who help keep our plants growing and watersheds healthy! You may already know about bumble bees, mason bees, leafcutter bees, and the brilliant green metallic bees, but there are so many more — about 500 in North Carolina! We’ll also learn why bees and wasps do not usually sting.


Boy Bites Bug by Rebecca Petruck - cover

2:30pm: Eat Bugs, Save the World!
Rebecca Petruck, Author
Rebecca Petruck, author of “Boy Bites Bug,” will talk bug eating! Not only is it tasty, it’s good for the health of our bodies and our planet. #EatBugs!


3:30pm: Spiders are Always Watching You: The Amazing World of Spider Diversity
Eric Butler, Shaw University
Spiders are everywhere! Come learn about some of the many different kinds of spiders and their amazing adaptations.

4:30pm: Aquatic Invertebrate Medicine
Ashley Emanuele, DVM, CertAqV, Avian and Exotic Animal Care
How can a veterinarian help if a snail breaks its shell, an octopus gets a cut, or a crayfish gets an infection? We’ll talk about invertebrates in the aquarium and all the ways we can diagnose and treat them!


Main Stage — Jones Street

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WRAL 3D Theater — 1st Floor, Nature Exploration Center

Schedule coming soon.