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BugFest: A Celebration of Arthropods

Florida predatory stink bug nymph
Matt Bertone, 2014
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Stink bugs, moths, fireflies, and caterpillars are just a few of the creepy crawlers featured at Bugfest, a showcase of more than 100 exhibits about an array of arthropods at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

  Host Frank Stasio talks with Dan Dombrowski, veterinarian and coordinator of living collections at the Museum; Matt Bertone, entomologist with North Carolina State University’s plant disease and insect clinic; and Julie Urban, assistant director of the Museum’s genomics and microbiology laboratory and co-principal investigator on the planthopper research study.

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches
Credit Hady Mawagdee
Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches

Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.