- Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Did you know that fruit flies were the first living creatures sent into space? The world of insects, bugs, and arachnids is truly remarkable. Join us over a weekend to explore the world of Bugs! This virtual event will include engaging art and science activities you can do from home and fun facts with educational resources you can use to learn more. You can participate by responding "going" to the Facebook event or checking this event page at the start of the event. On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll update both sites with new content for your family to enjoy.
Everyone who completes a bug activity and shares a photo via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in the Facebook event will be entered in a drawing for a prize from Lincoln’s Little Toy Shop. You can choose one of the recommended activities posted during the event or come up with your own activity. You can post or send your entry through Tuesday, May 5.* We'll announce the winner and feature our favorite photos on social media after the event.
*Prize Drawing Details: Please submit family-friendly content only. The Museum reserves the right to remove or hide any content it feels is inappropriate for its audience. Only one entry per individual for the drawing, though you may post/send as many photos as you like during the event. Winners will have to share their name and address to receive their prizes. This information will not be shared outside the Museum and will not be used for purposes other than mailing prizes.
Recycled Bug Craft: Spring means the return of many different bugs! Some crawl, some dig, some climb, and some fly. Celebrate all the bugs we see by making your own bug out of recycled materials. Get creative with the materials you use. For more detailed directions, check out https://bit.ly/recycledbugcraft.
Bug Hunt: As the weather warms, bugs are making themselves known! Go on a bug hunt in your house, backyard, and/or neighborhood. What kind of bugs did you find? Snap a photo or make a sketch and check back later today for a great bug identification resource. Remember to keep #SocialDistancing and be safe when you are exploring outside!
Smash Art Butterfly: Not only are butterflies beautiful to look at, they are also important pollinators for plants. We invite you to make your own beautifully symmetrical butterfly with this fun and easy smash art project. Gather up paper and paint or use markers to create your design. If you want to get really messy use a bit of mud and food coloring. For more detailed directions, check out https://bit.ly/smashartbutterfly.
Fun Facts and Resorces
- Seven states have the monarch butterfly as their state insect. Learn more about Illinois’ other state symbols with the Department of Natural Resources State Symbols Activity Book at https://bit.ly/ilstatesymbolsbook. Fact Source: https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/us-state-butterflies-and-insects.html
- For every human on earth there are 200 insects. Use the Bug Guide at https://bit.ly/ismbugguide to help you identify the bugs you found on your earlier bug hunt or go for a bug hunt now and see what you can find! Fact Source: https://www.si.edu/spotlight/buginfo/bugnos
- It takes 100 monarch butterflies to equal one ounce. Monarch butterflies are important pollinators in Illinois. Learn more about pollinators and how to support them in your backyard with the Department of Natural Resources Pollinator activity book at https://bit.ly/DNRPollinatorsBook or this fun video from Earth School https://bit.ly/pollinationvideo. Fact Source: https://www.si.edu/spotlight/buginfo/fun-facts-bugs
- The Jewel Beetles (Buprestidae) is one of the largest families of beetles, with over 15,000 species worldwide and over 760 species in the United States and Canada. They are named for the beautiful iridescent colors of the adults. The larvae bore in plant roots, stems, leaves and logs. Some species are significant pests. Check out some of the Illinois State Museum’s bug and insect collection online at https://bit.ly/ism-butterflies or https://bit.ly/ism-dragonflies.