Bugging out at Cornell University (with photos)

By Dave Sherry

October 16, 2013 Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 6:26 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Spiders and scorpions and roaches, oh my!

Cornell University's Department of Entomology is holding their annual Insectapalooza Saturday.

The event has been going on for about a decade and showcases different species of insects from around the world.

"One of the things that I think is most notable about Insectapalooza is that you see animals that you just aren't going to see anywhere else. We're kind of accustomed to them, but this little creature from the Arizona Desert is really neat and you're not going to see that here, in upstate New York. Same thing with the scorpions, same thing with morpho butterflies," Dr. Linda Rayor, a professor in the Department of Entomology, said.

While most of the animals are caged, there will be hands on activities with the safe ones, including a live butterfly house.

"You'll see bugs under microscopes, you'll see cockroaches that have electrodes in their brain where you can actually control which directions they're running. You'll see all kinds of cool insect-related activities that aren't necessarily hands on, but still have a lot of educational value," Heather Connelly, an entomology student, said.

Organizers say it's a great way for people to conquer their fear of insects.

"Some people come here kind of scared, but you get over it. It's one of those things where you see these animals, they're in cages, they aren't wandering around and it's hard not just to be amazed by what they see," Rayor explained.

Insectapalooza will have an arthropod zoo, insect origami, face painting and much more.

It will be held in Cornell's Comstock Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 19.

Admission is $2 per person, but children three years old and younger get in for free.