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Race Cockroaches and More at WSU Insect Expo April 20

A child holds a hissing cockroach at a previous WSU Insect Expo. Click image for a high-resolution version.
A child holds a hissing cockroach at a previous WSU Insect Expo. Click image for a high-resolution version.

PULLMAN, Wash.—Local children and their parents can learn how fast a cockroach can race, pet a tarantula and more at an April 20 Insect Expo, sponsored by Washington State University’s Entomology Graduate Student Association. The event, set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will take place in Ensminger Pavilion.

Insect-themed craft projects, face painting and live insect displays are also part of the fun, all geared toward helping Palouse-area families discover more about the world of insects.

“I personally very much enjoy interacting with the children and their parents in the live insect exhibits,” said Rebecca Schmidt, event coordinator and EGSA president. “It’s great to see children abandon some of their preconceptions about insects in order to hold a hissing cockroach or pet a tarantula. It’s especially rewarding to watch the parents overcome their fears in order to set an example for their children.”

EGSA’s mission is to promote entomology among WSU graduate students and provide public educational outreach to the Palouse. For details, visit the association’s Facebook page.

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Media Contacts

Rebecca Schmidt, Insect Expo Coordinator and Entomology Graduate Student Association President, 509-663-8181