Burke Museum to bust insect myths at Bug Blast

“Do earwigs really enter people’s ears?”

“How much weight could a human-sized ant really carry?”

Seattle’s Burke Museum will give insect questions like these center stage from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The museum is at NE 45th Street and 17th Avenue NE on the University of Washington campus.

Members of Scarabs, the Bug Society, will help identify creatures that visitors bring from home and will answer questions.

“Kids love bugs,” Burke public programs manager Carl Sander said. “Perhaps it’s a fascination with having a completely alien creature wandering about in their everyday world … Bug Blast is a place to explore that sense of wonder about the natural world.”

Nancy Stewart’s “Bee Boppin’ Bugs” concerts are planned for 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and local performer John Ackermann will play at 1 p.m.

Artists will offer bug-themed face painting and visitors can try on special bug-eye glasses, make an “ugly bug” craft or watch glassed-in ant and honeybee colonies.

Bug Blast is included with museum admission of $9.50, $7.50 for seniors and $6 for students and youth. Burke members get in free.

Details are available by calling 206-543-5590 and online at www.burkemuseum.org.

Andrea McInnis: 425-339-3479; amcinnis@heraldnet.com.

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