Although not everyone in the world is able to appreciate - or even find - charm in the insect world, an upcoming event on the UA campus is celebrating bugs of all kinds, and the many positive contributions they have made to ecology, agriculture, medicine, and science.

Taken altogether, the variety of insect-related research being conducted daily at the University of Arizona comprises one of the largest and most important groups of insect scientists in the world.

The Arizona Insect Festival is an all-ages event on Saturday from 10 am to 3pm in the Student Union Grand Ballroom, 3rd floor. Free parking will be available in the Park Avenue,Tyndall, Highland and Main Gate parking garages for carpools of four or more.

The festival offers more than 20 booths, guest speakers, interactivity and exhibits to educate about the important role that insects play in our daily lives.

It also gives the public a chance to find out about insect-related research being conducted by UA scientists from a wide range of academic departments, including Entomology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and Neurobiology.

For more information about the Arizona Insect Festival, contact Kathleen Walker at