Tony Sohns shows off a giant millipede from his traveling Bug Zoo. - Maine State Museum photos
Tony Sohns shows off a giant millipede from his traveling Bug Zoo. - Maine State Museum photos
Bug Maine-ia will return to the Maine State Museum in Augusta on Wednesday, September 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with 18 exhibitors providing hands-on displays, demonstrations and fun for visitors of all ages. Admission to the museum will be free all day.

"We look forward to Bug Maine-ia all year long," says Maine State Museum Chief Educator Joanna Torow. "It is truly a wonderful event, especially for teachers, parents and students, who can get some great up-close experiences with the fascinating world of insects and learn all about the wide-ranging effects of these tiny creatures on our lives."

Bug Maine-ia's exhibitors come from across the state and include Tony Sohns and his Bug Zoo, the Maine Entomological Society, the Maine State Beekeepers Association, the University of Maine, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Maine Agriculture in the Classroom, the Maine Forest Service, the Hudson Museum, the Maine State Museum, University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Friends of Dr. Edith Marion Patch, as well as artists, entomologists and a master Maine fishing guide.

The Maine State Museum is located at 230 State Street in Augusta, adjacent to the Maine State House. Teachers or parents bringing groups of students are urged to make reservations, at www.mainestatemuseum.org/learn.