Bug Out with UConn Extension

monarch butterfly on an orange flower

UConn Extension is celebrating Bug Month from July 1 – 31 with virtual programs and resources for the entire family.


All ages are welcome to explore the activities dedicated to insects and their relatives. Bug Month virtual programs and resources are buzzing with the following:

  • Answer a few questions to qualify for a free bug kit. The bug kit comes with a Bug Month activity booklet, supplies for collecting and looking closely at bugs as well as ideas for backyard adventures with the kit. Learn more at https://bugs.uconn.edu/bug-kits/
  • Check out the “Up Close” with the Luna Moth videos to learn more about Luna Moth development. 
  • A beneficial insect section. Read more about beneficial insects in our area and the roles they play. 
  • Want to make some bug-related crafts and recipes? Check out https://bugs.uconn.edu/bug-kits/ for a wide variety of crafts and treats. 
  • Planning to create a pollinator garden? We have added a “Native Plants for Pollinators” section to help you choose plants for your garden. 
  • The Connecticut Science Center will be buzzing with programs to celebrate Bug Month from Monday, July 21 through Sunday, July 27. Spend time in the tropical Butterfly Encounter, participate in bug-themed Live Science programming, hear a bug themed story during Story Time, and be sure to explore what is flying around the Rooftop Garden. 
  • We’re having our photo contest this year with three categories: junior, senior, and professional. Learn more at: http://bugs.uconn.edu/photo-contest/.

Bug Month is one example of UConn Extension’s mission in bringing UConn’s research out to the citizens of the state by addressing insects and their relatives. For more information on Bug Month, please visit our website at https://bugs.uconn.edu/, email bugweek@uconn.edu or call 860-486-9228.

UConn Extension has more than 100 years’ experience strengthening communities in Connecticut and beyond. Extension programs address the full range of issues set forth in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources strategic initiatives:

  • Ensuring a vibrant and sustainable agricultural industry and food supply
  • Enhancing health and well-being locally, nationally, and globally
  • Designing sustainable landscapes across urban-rural interfaces
  • Advancing adaptation and resilience in a changing climate.


Programs delivered by Extension reach individuals, communities, and businesses in each of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities.