16th annual Bug-Mainea teaches students about insects

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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) It was all about bugs at an annual event in Augusta today.

"This is Bug-Mainea," says Joanna Torow, Chief Educator for the Maine State Museum. "It's our 16th annual Bug-Mainea. It's an event that the museum does as kind of an education fair to get students introduced to a whole bunch of scientists and people working with insects."

Students seemed to be having a lot of fun, and they learned about a number of different bugs.

"Today, in the museum, on today's program, kids are learning all about bugs," says Joseph. "That's right, you heard me -- spiders, grasshoppers, praying mantis, and cockroaches."

Students shared their favorite experiences.

"My favorite part today was holding the insect that lives in the trees," says Maria.

"I really liked touching the hermit crab, and I really liked using the nets to catch the bugs outside," says Grace.

"I saw some bugs, and some tarantulas and spiders and butterflies and they were dead," says Aiden.

"Water bugs are the best because they live in the water and I like to play water games," says Yousef.

Organizers say they hope this event sparks kids' interest in bugs moving forward.