Bug Bowl 2022 FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions about Bug Bowl


Purdue’s Bug Bowl has encouraged the public to get up close and personal with insects for three decades.

Do I need to Pre-register for Bug Bowl? Is it free?

Bug Bowl is a free family event; all ages are welcome! All events the day of Bug Bowl are walk-in; there is no need to pre-register. Visit Purdue campus and pet caterpillars, look into a beehive, and more!

Our student clubs do sell CSI-themed materials and insect jewelry as a fund-raiser.

How will the Pandemic affect 2022 Bug Bowl?

Right now, we don’t know exactly what Bug Bowl 2022 will be like. We are hopeful that we can have a (mostly) normal Bug Bowl, but will be monitoring the public health situation as we make final plans.

For now, we’ve changed some of our most popular events to spread people out a bit, and increase ventilation. We have moved some of our regular events outside, and hand washing stations will be available. Inside Smith Hall, we will have hand sanitizer stations near each exit.

All our events will follow Protect Purdue Guidelines at the date of the event.
At this time, face masks are not required indoors or outdoors on campus.

Where can I get information about parking and same-day events?

Bug Bowl is part of the larger SpringFest Event, which includes many other departments. Check the SpringFest website for information about all the other events SpringFest weekend.

Will There Be Honey Tasting in 2022?

Just to be extra careful about germs, Honey Tasting is cancelled this year. However, we will still have a live honey bee hive, a bumble bee hive, and all sorts of cool pollinator stuff to learn about in the Bee Room!

Cricket Spitting?! For Real?

Yep, for real! The crickets are not alive, though — they are euthanized and frozen to make spitting easier. Here’s the full set of rules.

For 2022, we will make a small change for safety purposes. There is rather a lot of saliva involved in spitting a cricket. This year we’ll hand you a spoon and challenge you to “Cricket FLINGING.” How far can you catapult your cricket?

Is Smith Hall Accessible?

Smith Hall is over 100 years old, but all of the Bug Bowl exhibits and rooms we are using on the first and second floor are wheelchair accessible.

  • Our elevator is an antique, but most chairs 34″ wide or less will fit inside.
  • Restrooms on the first floor are wheelchair accessible.
  • The front entrance of Smith Hall and the rear parking lot entrance are both equipped with automatic doors. If you are looking at an entrance or exit with stairs, head toward the middle of the building. Printable Map of First Floor Smith Hall
  • We will have Room 108 open as a “quiet” area in Smith Hall.
  • All service animals accompanying people with disabilities are welcome in Smith Hall.

Questions about other accessibility issues? Please email bugbowl@purdue.edu and we will do our best to help.

Service animals Yes; Pets No

We welcome all service animals accompanying people with disabilities. However, for the safety of our visitors and your pet, please do not bring companion pets of any type with you to campus. Bug Bowl and SpringFest can be noisy and crowded in spots, and some animals find this very stressful.

How did Bug Bowl Start?

You can read all about it here!

Have more questions?

We are happy to answer them! Email bugbowl@purdue.edu .