The Highlands Center for Natural History is giving children and adults another summertime opportunity to investigate the lives and natural history of insects.
On Friday, Aug. 5 and Friday, Aug. 19, the center is presenting its popular Bug-A-Boo Bliss program as part of the Friday Family Fun Nights series of programs sponsored by Credit Union West out at the Lynx Creek Site on Walker Road near Prescott.
The program begins at 7:30 p.m. with a puppet show. Pre-registration is desired but not required; call the center at 928-776-9550.
A fee of $5 for adults and $2 for children 18 and younger helps sustain the programming at the center.
For those who have ever wondered about the critters that crawl in the night, there will be opportunities to discover what makes beetles, bees, butterflies and myriad other creatures different from one another.
Participants also will find out which insects are attracted to light at night, and get a chance to design and create their own insects.
Center Education Director Fiona Reid hopes to dispel the idea that bugs are bad.
"For example, what would our world be like without tomatoes and apples? If you like those, then you are depending on the very critters you think are a nuisance - it's fun to see insects in this light."
We don't need to love bugs, but at the very least, an appreciation of the endlessly fascinating and busy world of arthropods is essential to human life on earth, Reid said.
"Our hands-on and interactive type of programming is tremendous fun for curious kids and adults alike," Reid said. "We hope many people return to this program, spend a couple of hours exploring the miniature world of night insects, listening to the night sounds, and looking at insects through a different kind of lens."
More information is online at www.highlandscenter.org.