Our worker bees are busy creating the schedule for the 2022 Bama Bug Fest and will be posting it here when it is finalized. Until then please check out some of the recorded online content created for the 2021 Bama Bug Fest!

2021 Bama Bug Fest Online Activities
3D Build-a-Bug Workshop

Activity Description: Create your own creepy crawly critter with this 3-D version of the Build-a-Bug Workshop!

Bugs in Your Home

Video Description: Bugs are here, bugs are there, bugs are found just about everywhere…even in your home! Whether you love them or hate them, we’ve all seen bugs in our homes. Join one of our bug experts as they explore what kinds of bugs are common in our homes.

Behind-the-Scenes of the Bug Room


Video Description: The basement of Smith Hall is home to many interesting items and spaces, none more unexpected than a live insect research and outreach room! Visit the Bug Room with insect manager Kendra Abbott and get acquainted with some of the native and exotic insects housed there. You will meet a few of the students who care for these animals and learn what it takes to maintain a specialized insect home in the basement of a museum!

Make a Bee Hotel!

Activity Description: Want to show support for the busy bees around your neighborhood? Building a bee hotel from recycled materials will provide a place for the worker bees to rest before returning to their home hive!

Beehive Exhibit at the Museum

Video Description: See what it takes to build an exhibit at the Alabama Museum of Natural History! Join Vince Wallace, Mark Allison, and Celena Bennett from the West Alabama Beekeepers Association build an observation hive. Kendra Abbott will walk you through the process from when the idea was created until the exhibit actually gets installed! Come see the exhibit for yourself and see if you can find the queen! If you are interested in certification you can go to the Alabama Beekeepers Association’s website:

Circuit Bugs!


Activity Description: Light up your life by making your own lightning bug–with circuits! This colorful creation really lights up with the help of some basic electricity.

Black Lighting: Here and Abroad

Video Description: Have you ever watched bugs flit around a lightbulb on the back porch at night? If so, you have seen a form of the insect observation and collection technique called “black lighting.” Join entomologists from Mozambique, Ecuador, and Alabama as they show us the blacklighting set-ups in their backyard and take us on a tour of their backyard bugs!