Insect Festival 2012

2012 Insect Festival PosterThe 13th Insect Festival of Arkansas was held, Thursday, October 4, 2012, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. View pictures at

The festival is a free event both educational and fun in nature. It features an insect & arthropod zoo, displays of insects from the state arthropod museum, games and crafts for children, a cotton patch, beekeeping, cockroach races, insect crafts, insect movies, and many other exhibits. There are many educational exhibits with expert entomologists to answer your questions. Admission is free and there is ample parking for buses and cars adjacent to the arena. It takes most people about 1-2 hours to go through the festival.

School Groups

To get the most our of your visit to the Insect Festival, check out some of these resources for Parents and Teachers. In the interests of trying to keep the attendance at any one time balanced, if a school is bringing many students, we would like have you let us know if you are coming, how many people you will be bringing, and tell us what time you will be bringing your class.

Time slots that are best for the public schools are:

  • 9 - 11 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • 1 - 3 p.m.

If you could respond (by email) and let us know the following it will help us prepare:

  1. Your name, phone number, email address
  2. School and grade you teach
  3. Number of people you will be bringing
  4. Time slot you would like
Please send this information to:

About the Insect Festival

The goal of the Insect Festival of Arkansas is to educate and entertain the people of Arkansas, particularly its children, about the beauty, value, and interest of insects and other arthropods. The first Festival was held in 1993. The Festivals are free to the public and everyone, from babies to elderly, is invited. The one-day event typically draws 1,500 to 4,000 people.


Insect Festival Displays


Arthropod Zoo

Educational displays of living insects, spiders, scorpions, millipedes, centipedes and other arthropods provide an opportunity for children to see these creatures up close and talk about them with our graduate students and faculty and other entomologists. Children have the opportunity to hold live giant cockroaches and overcome insect phobias at this display. happy kids at insect festival

The Arthropod Museum

The Arthropod Museum of Arkansas provides a comprehensive display of tropical butterflies, beetles, and other dramatic insects, as well as local butterflies and moths, and the diversity of insects.     

The Cotton Patch

The Cotton Patch display has an actual patch of ripe cotton where children can learn about this important crop, its insect pests, and watch cotton actually be ginned. This is a major hit with children. Children and adults can talk with experts on cotton entomology. 

Honey Bee Exhibit

 The honey bee exhibit has an observation bee hive with live bees making honey, caring for the larvae, and children can find the queen. People can learn about the importance of bees in pollination of our crops and wild flowers, how honey is produced, and other products of the hive such as pollen, propolis, beeswax, royal jelly, and bee venom. 


Games, Crafts, and Cockroach Races

There will be games such as hissing cockroach races that are always a hit with the children, children's crafts and drawing areas, and temporary insect tattoos.

Cultural Exhibits

Insects have played a major role in human history, fine arts, literature, movies, and popular culture. Examples of insects in the media, arts, and human history will be bugs at the insect festival


Aquatic Insects, Forest Insects, and other Exhibits

Many other displays and exhibits will educate and amaze the public about the importance of insects in our streams, lakes, ponds, forests, lawns, and other habitats. 

Come join the entomologists of Arkansas for a day of fun, festivities, and education about the incredible diversity, importance, and beauty of insects. There is something for everyone.