Randall Museum Bug Month - May 2020

Bug Month Online– This Week: Bees

The Randall Museum brought you Bug Month throughout May 2020.

Week #1: Bees

Honey bees live in colonies. They can not survive alone. All their lives, they keep very busy working together for the success of their hive. Have you ever heard the expression,” Busy as a bee?” You are about to learn why people use that expression.

Bees have many very important jobs during their life. As they age they move on to new jobs and younger bees take over doing their old job.

Game Downloads

Game Tips
These games teach your family a bunch of cool fun facts about what bees do when they are doing their jobs. See if you can do all of them in half an hour. If you like them, do them again.

Adapt them to your house, your family and what works for you. If you have one child, both of you be the bees.

Craft Downloads

Activity Downloads

A short guide on helping encourage curiosity about bugs!

Story by Nancy Ellis and illustrations by Pat Kaspar that you can read


Installing the Hive
The Waggle Dance
Bee Crafts – Crown Making
Making a Bee Costume


Week #2: Backyard Bugs

We’re highlighting Backyard Bugs this week. Bugs are all around us. You can find lots of insects without going very far from home. Simply step outside and look closely around your home or garden. Great places to find bugs are…

  1. Under fallen logs or piled wood or stones
  2. Near trees and tree stumps
  3. Check windows
  4. Look on flowers
  5. Lift up leaves of plants
  6. A backyard pond, or a wet area
  7. Believe it or not – on your car bumper and windshield
  8. Check outdoor lights at night
  9. Underneath planter boxes or flower pots

Backyard Bug Games Downloads

Insects can be found just about anywhere, even in your yard or on your deck. Try turning over rocks, or looking under some leaves for pill bugs, and watch for butterflies and bees on flowers. You can even set up a small shallow container with a bit of ripe fruit and check back later.

We’re calling all creatures you might find “BUGS” but some may be insects, spiders, or even crustaceans. The differences are all in their body parts and their mouth types. Insects have 6 legs and 3 body segments. Find out more about all of them this week in Backyard Bugs.

Backyard Bug Craft Downloads

Backyard Bug Activity Downloads

A short guide on helping encourage curiosity about bugs!

Backyard Bug Videos

Discover Pond Insects

A guide to exploring water bugs with Zach plus a PDF to Pond Pack

Backyard Bugging

A quick How To guide for kids with animal curator Zach

Ladybug Release in the Garden

Did you know that ladybugs are garden helpers? They munch on pests that hurt your plants

How to Make Butterfly Wings

Learn a simple way to craft your own costumes with Romina

Storytime Are you an Ant?

A short storytime video with Sarah

Sneak a peek at the Randall’s Butterfly collection

A Small Sample of Randall’s Extensive Mounted Butterfly Collection

Backyard Bug Resources

Backyard Bug Challenges – Social Media

See how many different bugs you can find in your backyard.

Take pictures and send them to us – we want to see your creativity! #RandallBugBrigade.

Week #3: Amazing Insects

This week our RANDALL MUSEUM BUG MONTH is focusing on some of the amazing things about insects that awe us! Did you know insects are also amazing athletes? Did you know that there are plants that eat insects?? We will also share some of the amazing insects we have right here at the Randall. Join in the Bug Olympics and see how you match up to a grasshopper, or a spider or even a roach!!!

Amazing Insect Activities:

  • You can replicate an Olympic Coliseum wherever you are. You just need an indoor or outdoor space where you can run, jump and move.
  • Print and use our official Bug Olympics Score Sheet or make your own.
  • It’s more fun when everyone plays! If possible, have everyone present, children and adults, participate in the Bug Olympics.
  • Read each event through before you start so you understand how to compete. Adapt and modify to the needs of your family.

See how you compete with insects by joining the

If they were the same size, bugs could jump higher, and run faster than most animals on earth!

Amazing Insect Videos

Carnivorous Plants Eating Insects
Meet a Millipede

Patrick Schlemmer of the SF Zoo talks about millipedes

Walking Sticks with Zach

Watch these exotic insects hide in plain sight

Death Feigning Beetles

Discover new insects at the Randall

Ferocious Water Bugs with Nancy

Learn about these “toe-biters”

South American Meal Worm Races

Get ready, Get set, Go!

How Ladybugs Fold their Wings

From National Geographic


Explore giant Australian Walking sticks with Michael Lim from the SF Zoo

Fun Facts

There are over 700 species of carnivorous plants in the world

Some queen ants have millions of babies

Dragonflies have been around for over 300 million years

Stick Insects are the World’s Longest Insects!
The Chan’s Megastick measures an incredible 22 inches with legs extended, and has a body length of 14 inches

Amazing Insect Challenges – Social Media


Everyone who competes in the Bug Olympics can get a gold medal. If you take a photo or video of your Bug Olympics, we would love to see them! You can post them on instagram and tag us @RandallMuseum and use #RandallBugBrigade, or email them to us at info@randallmuseum.org

Take pictures and send them to us – we want to see your creativity! #RandallBugBrigade.

A hearty thanks to some of our friends and partners for sharing videos about their amazing insects too! Check out videos from our partners at the San Francisco Zoo Insect department. Curator Patrick Schlemmer and his staff introduce us to some exotic insects – millipedes and leaf bugs. Our partners from the Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society shared some cool video showing how plants eat insects!! Photo credits to Stephen Davis and Cara Ching. 

Week #4: Spiders and Scorpions… Oh My!

This week we are learning about spiders and scorpions- both part of the Arachnid family. Arachnids are creatures with two body segments, eight legs, no wings or antennae and are not able to chew. Scorpions and spiders are both beneficial bugs that help control insect populations.

Did you know that spiders are one of the best indicators of a healthy garden? There are so many kinds of spiders in the world, over 45,000 known species!

Scorpions are closely related to spiders. Scorpions are burrowing bugs – they need soil to live. Did you know that there are nearly 2,000 different species of scorpions?

Spider and Scorpion Resources


Meet a Tarantula

Patrick Schlemmer / SF Zoo talks tarantulas

Meet a Scorpion
Rosy the Tarantula

Our Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula

Costa Rican Wood Roach Races
Walking Stick Races

Spider and Scorpion Challenges – Social Media

Creepiest Crawliest Insect Videos challenge

You may have heard that Museums have challenged each other to show their creepiest object #CreepiestObject.

We challenge you to kick over a rock and get the Creepiest Crawling Insect video you can!   # CreepiestCrawlingInsect

Bug lovers – become an official member of the Randall Bug Brigade!

Send us a video or photo that we can use in our social media or other Randall Museum publicity showing that you participated in any one of the activities from Bug Month Online at the Randall Museum. 

Here’s what you do:

  1. Take a photo or video of your participation in any activity, craft or game from Bug Month Online
  2. Post YOUR bug photos or videos on Instagram or Facebook and tag us @RandallMuseum and use #RandallBugBrigade, OR email them to us at info@randallmuseum.org
  3. Celebrate your achievements by Downloading your Bug Brigade Certificate and filling in your name

Join the #RandallBugBrigade and post your photos and crafts on our social media pages. Stay tuned for more fun, including the Roach Run and the Bug Olympics!

Everyone’s Going to RandallMuseum.org for Bug Month
The Randall Museum is engaging families with fun insect-inspired science and art activities that you can do at home.
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