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Learn about bugs at Bug-A-Boo Bliss Night Friday

Courtesy HCNH<br>At left, a child holds a green June beetle at last year’s Bug-A-Boo, while another participant checks out a bug in a microscope at right.

Courtesy HCNH<br>At left, a child holds a green June beetle at last year’s Bug-A-Boo, while another participant checks out a bug in a microscope at right.

The Highlands Center for Natural History is presenting its popular Bug-A-Boo Bliss Family Fun Night program at 7:30 p.m., Friday.

Discover the wonder of bugs at this fun program, which starts at 7:30 p.m. with a puppet show.

Then visit the "Dead Bug Society" indoor lounge and join the group while they discuss many of the interesting insects on display.

For those who have ever wondered about night bugs, check out the light tent that attracts the bugs and discover which insects are attracted to light at night.

Investigate some of these insects up close through microscopes and learn what makes beetles, bees, butterflies, and myriad other creatures different from one another.

Stop by the various bug booths, listen to the night sounds and spend a couple of hours exploring the miniature world of night insects.

For more fun head to the "Create Your Own Bug" center to design and create your very own insect to take home.

During the evening, you will learn which of these bugs are beneficial to gardens. Can you imagine a world without pizza or grapes? If you like those, then you are depending on the very critters you might think are bad.

"An appreciation of the endlessly fascinating and busy world of arthropods is essential to human life on earth," according to Fiona Reid, former education director of the Highlands Center.

The Highlands Center's hands-on and interactive type of programming is fun for curious kids and adults alike.

The admission fee of $2 for kids under 14 and $5 for adults helps sustain the programming at the center. The center is located at 1375 S. Walker Road south of Prescott. For more information, call 776-9550 or go online to www.highlandscenter.org.

The center's mission is to help children and adults discover the wonders of nature through outdoor programs based on observation and discovery of the Arizona Highlands.