16th Annual Bugfest in North Carolina features ‘Bad Bugs in the Forest’

Attendees showed up early and stayed late for the 16th annual Bugfest hosted by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC. The Southern Research Station (SRS) was a co-sponsor of this year’s event, trapping lots of interest in the Station’s Bad Bugs in the Forest exhibit. The exhibit’s mock FBI “wanted” posters encouraged participants to capture one of many thug bugs invading forests throughout the Southeast and beyond.

Station and partner researchers were on hand to discuss Forest Service efforts, address invasive pest concerns, and share additional insight to help stop the spread of common forest pests, including the sirex woodwasp, Asian long-horned beetle, emerald ash borer, and red imported fire ant.