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Science Mill presents creepy, crawly Incredible Insects on Saturday

The massive Madagascar hissing cockroach is the star of the Radford’s Roach Roadshow, which stops at the Science Mill in Johnson City for the museum’s Incredible Insects event July 13.

Bugs, bugs everywhere! Insects make up the largest group of animals in the world with about 900,000 known living species. According to the Smithsonian Institution’s Department of Entomology, insects are the largest biomass of terrestrial animals.

In other words: All the insects in the world outweigh the rest of us land creatures. Insects are definitely interesting, yet we often cringe when we encounter them. The Science Mill wants to change that with Incredible Insects on Saturday, July 13, from 11 AM to 3 PM.

The event is included in the Johnson City museum’s regular admission.

Making an appearance Saturday is the Radford’s Roach Roadshow from 11 AM to 2 PM featuring one of the most detested creatures ever, the roach. And, keeping in the tradition of the Science Mill, it offers hands-on activities, including a build-a-bug project that examines, by microscope, the anatomy of a roach.

The roadshow is part of the Radford University Department of Biology’s mission to educate people about science. During the summer, the ensemble travels the country with their roaches, including the massive Madagascar hissing cockroach.

If you’re into zombies, sit in on Nels C. Elde’s presentation of “Insect Zombies Controlled by Viruses” at 11 AM and 1 PM. Elde is an associate professor in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah. He’ll show how viruses can turn insects into actual zombies.

You can also visit the Hands-On Investigative Station and participate in Living Local Bugs programs in the facility’s Aquaponics Greenhouse.

On top of all that is a one-day-only presentation of the “Bugs 3D” movie, included in admission.

The Science Mill, located at 101 S. Lady Bird Lane in Johnson City, is open 10 AM-5 PM on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and noon-5 PM on Sundays through August 18. Admission is $9.50 for ages 3-18; $11 for adults; $9 for ages 65 and older; and half-price for active and retired military service members with valid IDs and up to three family members. Children 2 and younger get in free.

Purchase tickets for Incredible Insects at the door or online.

In case you’re wondering how many insects might be walking the planet today, the Smithsonian Institution estimates it to be about 10 quintillion at any given time. That’s 10,000,000,000,000,000,000. Hope that doesn’t bug you.

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