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Buggy for Bugs: Student Group Spreads Enthusiasm for Insects

By Amanda Garris, Ph.D. ‘04

The butterfly house run by Snodgrass and Wigglesworth is an Insectapalooza crowd favorite.

The butterfly house run by Snodgrass and Wigglesworth is an Insectapalooza crowd favorite.

A student group is bringing insect appreciation to the community, one cockroach, butterfly, and mantis at a time. The undergraduate entomology club Snodgrass and Wigglesworth, which takes its name from two of the most influential entomologists of the 20th century, is now in its seventh year.

“We want to bring bugs into the community to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of insects and their kin in the Cornell and Ithaca communities,” said Ryan Reynolds ’13, president.

To accomplish this, ‘Snodwiggs’ go on regular collecting trips to supply fresh specimens for entomology classes, camp out during insect expeditions in the middle of winter, and trek across campus to win converts with their bug displays. The group assists with the Insectapalooza Insect Fair, the Cornell University Department of Entomology’s annual open house event, which will be held this year on Oct. 20 in Comstock Hall. Their interactive exhibits, including exotic beauties for the butterfly room, a cockroach racetrack, and aquatic bugs from local ponds, can elicit squeals of delight, disgust, or fascination.

Although in past years the group has served up waxworm stirfries and chocolate chip cricket cookies, this year they are offering a more familiar entomological treat. For a fall fundraiser, the Snodwiggs will be selling honey donated by the research program of associate professor of entomology Nick Calderone.


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