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  • Insects explode onscreen at this year’s Insect Fear Film Festival – and in real life

    The 2016 Insect Fear Film Festival will feature films of cockroaches that start fires through spontaneous combustion and lava-spewing tarantulas. There are real-life arthropods that defend themselves in ways that are nearly as spectacular, said U. of I. entomology professor May Berenbaum, founder of the festival.

    Image by Chip Austin.


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  • Editor’s notes: For information about the festival, contact the Department of Entomology office at 217-333-2910. To reach May Berenbaum, email