The 10th annual Getting Buggy at *Kent Plantation House is held this morning, in Alexandria, Louisiana. I heard about this public insect exhibition last year, when the event is completed, so I was waiting to visit this time, the 10th. The even is supported by The USDA US Forestry Service at Southern Research Center.
*Kent Plantation House: the oldest standing structure in Central Louisiana, listed, since 1971, in the National Register Historic Places, is located in Alexandria in Rapides Parish.
I found out Steven Barney, a host for Bugstock in Louisiana is also there as a host, so I made a contact ahead of time to meet him there. The event was larger than I expected. People at the booth, mostly, knew what they were explaining to visitors in their view point, especially for the kids.
Lots of stuffs were there, from a booth explaining different bees to entomophagy, honey bees, different type of many things.
Steven Barney (in white t-shirt) at the The Beetle Experience, showing beetles.
There were lots of different animals as well, and not just insects or arthropods. I saw many reptiles, especially the geckos and snakes. Baby alligator in the picture above.
Couple of collection drawers displayed as well. I usually see a lot of large neotropical scarabs or Atlas Moth of Asia in such public exhibition, however, this event focused on insects that can be found in Louisiana, which was very nice thing to show that they are around us.
It was interesting event for the local people as many insects displayed in this event and explained were mostly found from Louisiana.