A closely allied group is Scarabs – The Bug Society which meets the 4th Monday of every month.

Because of the construction of the new Burke Museum, please read below carefully to find out where the meeting will be held.

As always, all are welcome at Scarab meetings, whether members or not. (Dues paying members get a newsletter by postal mail).

Scarabs Meetup can be found at https://www.meetup.com/Scarabs-The-Bug-Society/

Here is the schedule of meetings for Scarabs. All meetings are at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted.

September 25 – Member Potpourri — by you, you and also you!

From time to time, Scarabs members have a program of short 5-15 minute presentations by all kinds of members, from the usual suspects down to kids and first-timers. You can ask a question that’s been bugging you, relate an interesting (or harrowing) “buggy” experience  or field trip, give a book report, talk about a research project (successful, failed, or in progress), read a poem, sing a song — whatever falls under the Scarabs subject matter!

To “salt the stew,” Scarab Kulzer will talk about the Mindo Butterfly House in Ecuador, which she and Sharon visited last month. Scarab Collman will contribute “Plants for Pollinators” — how you, the gardener, can help enhance populations of the pollinators we all need to survive! Rod Crawford will contribute a progress report on how “Those Non-native Spiders Just Keep on Arriving.”    Meanwhile, be thinking of what YOU  would like to contribute!

This is your moment to shine: share brief reports on trips to find insects, insect lives, collections you’ve made, movies or books you recommend, bug stamps, cultural entomology. What will you share? This is no time to bee shy. Enquiring minds want to know. 

As always, all are welcome at our meetings, whether members or not. (Dues paying members get a newsletter by postal mail).

This month’s meeting only will take place in the Burke Room, enter at the front (public, east-facing) entrance of the Burke Museum building and, once inside, turn left. The Burke classroom, where we used to meet, is now gone forever as part of the move to the New Burke building. Stay tuned for future meeting venues!

October 23 – Monthly Meeting: Washington’s Humble Bumbles — by David Jennings

NOTE: This meeting will be held at the Woodland Park Zoo.

Scarabs will meet in the CWC building just outside the WEST entrance of Woodland Park Zoo, off Phinney Ave. N, Seattle.

Across the US there are about 48 species of bumble bees. Twenty-four of these species can be found here in Washington. Field identification of bumble bees is harder than it might seem. Although it may appear easy enough, in practice it proves much more challenging. Not only do other insects try to look like bumble bees but different species of bumble bees in a given area tend to look like each other. To add more complexity, a given species may have as many as 17 different phenotypes. Bumbles also serve as a great gateway into our native bees and other pollinators.

Learn them, love them, protect them! Come learn about our native bumble bees, their behavior, ecology and related conservation issues.  A major focus will be ID tips for some of our more common species.

David Jennings has an academic background in wildlife ecology and conservation. David is a board member of the WA Butterfly Association.  David’s current conservation focus is on our native pollinators.  He has spent much of the last three summers crossing our state and stalking Washington’s wild bumble bees.

Sunday November 12 – Amazing Animals (including Bug Day) (with museum entry fee)


Bug Blast is included with museum admission.

• General-$10, Senior-$8, Students (with ID) and youth (5 & up) -$7.50

• FREE to Burke members, children ages 4 and under, UW staff/faculty/students with UW ID, and Scarabs who help out with the event! 

This year, instead of an all-bugs event, time crunch connected with the move to the New Burke building required us to cut some corners and combine our “bug” and “mammal” events into one. There will be many of the familiar bug activities and displays and a host of mammal-related displays as well. Two mega-events for the price of one!

The centerpiece performance will be Scarab David George Gordon wearing his Bug Chef hat in one of his ever-popular cooking demonstrations.

You can also do bug crafts, look through compound-eye glasses, see tiny insects through a microscope, watch a real entomologist at work, get tips on how to draw insects, and much more!

This event is presented by the Burke Museum in partnership with SCARABS: The Bug Society.