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Interactive bug exhibit "What's Bugging Belva?" coming to River Museum

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is excited to announce its next seasonal exhibit, What’s Bugging Belva?, opening Oct. 27, 2018, in the Norman Gallery in the Mississippi River Center.

The exhibit uses a children’s story format and an interactive garden setting to guide visitors through Belva’s world as her grandfather shows her the wonders of being an insect.

“Insects live in all kinds of different environments and play important roles,” said Ben Houghton, Lead & Freshwater Aquarist at the Museum & Aquarium. “They pollinate flowers, aerate soil, and help with decomposition. They’re vital to the environment.”

Belva learns lessons about the interesting features of insects, such as the metamorphosis a caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly. She also discovers how insects, such as beetles, are important for cleaning up dead animals and other “garbage” in nature.

What’s Bugging Belva? is geared toward children ages Pre-K through 4th grade with hands-on opportunities and up-close-and-personal experiences with insects. In addition to models of the real insects that are portrayed in the story, the Museum & Aquarium will display an additional eight species of insects, bugs, and arachnids in the exhibit.

To coincide with What’s Bugging Belva?, each Saturday throughout the exhibit run will featured a bug-related Creature Feature and story time in the exhibit at 1:30 p.m.

What’s Bugging Belva? is included with general admission to the Museum & Aquarium. Tickets are available at the box office or at The exhibit was created by the Purdue Agricultural Communications Exhibit Design Center. Radio Dubuque is the premier sponsor for What’s Bugging Belva?