homepage logo

Would You Survive?

By Staff | Aug 18, 2016

How many of you would do well on a reality show? How many of you would do well on a reality show where you had to find your own food? How many of you would do well on a reality show where you had to find your own food and the only option is bugs?

Not in a million years!

For those who think you would like to try, check out the Iowa State University Insect Zoo’s Bug Village.

A chef who cooks with insects will be featured at the Iowa State University Insect Zoo’s Bug Village on Saturday, Aug. 27.

David George Gordon, known as the Bug Chef, will do cooking demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the atrium of the Molecular Biology Building, located at 2437 Pammel Dr. on the Iowa State campus. The author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook will be serving up dishes featuring tarantulas, scorpions, grasshoppers and more.

The Bug Village is free and open to all ages from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Just in case you want to go, free parking is available in lot 29 behind the building.

“More than 80 species of arthropods will be on display with many hands-on activities planned, such as painting with bugs to create a maggot masterpiece or a Leonardo Da Roachy painting,” said Ginny Mitchell, director of the Insect Zoo, which is in the Department of Entomology.

New this year, she said the Insect Zoo theater will be showing short films featuring insects – Sweet Cocoon, Sticky and Josephine and the Roach – throughout the day; and those watching can try some tasty insect cuisine instead of popcorn.

A new cockroach racetrack will debut during the Bug Village and competitors will be able to suggest track names during the races.

This makes me shiver!

When we were in high school (lots of years ago), we had a bug collection for science class. First my sister, then me, then my brother.

My mother and her two sisters (my aunts) were instrumental in helping us capture, euthanize and display our bug collections.

It takes a lot of patience to capture a bug in a jar especially when you are terrified of being stung, or, worse yet, having the insect fly into your face. Then make sure the bug is “in a better place” before opening the jar.

Each insect was identified, using magnifying glass and insect book, then pinned to a block of Styrofoam. The name, common name and scientific, was attached to each bug. We used these quite long, very thin bug pins.

When identifying a unique bug, my mother was using the magnifying glass and really studying the bug up close to see its markings. A tiny breeze made the bug move just slightly. She moved very quickly, and then it was funny.

Capture bugs, yes eat bugs, not so sure.