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London — By Andrea Kirkby on September 3, 2009 at 1:33 pm
Filed under: bees, Events, insects, pestival, southbank

Pestival – it’s a bug’s life on the South Bank

I really hope you like bugs. If you do, you’re going to have a great time in London this month!

Pestival, at the Southbank centre, is bringing the world of insects vividly to life.

For instance there’s a super-life-size recreation of the inside of a termite mound that you can walk through. Scientists working in Namibia have taken 3D scans of a mound, and scaled it up to be modelled in laminated timber. You’ll be able to walk through it and experience the termite’s world.

Less impressive but much more cute is a London black taxi dressed up as a bee, the Beecab. When you read the word ‘bugs’ you might have thought about roaches, earwigs, wasps – but bees are as cute and cuddly as a bug can get. They’re also incredibly important as they are the major pollinators for many trees and flowers – I watched some busy, nectar-drunk workers climbing all over a hibiscus earlier this year – and are currently under threat from Colony Collapse Disorder as well as the Varroa mite, so anything that gets more public attention for bees and beekeepers is a good thing in my book.

By the way, the Beecab’s driver is a beekeeper himself.

There are also human size chrysalises, an insect garden, and all kinds of activities including a film of a giant cockroach being transported by tiny ants. Most activities (wih the exception of a symposium) are free, from 4th to 6th September.

Photo by Paul Stein on flickr


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