In celebration of Rose Pest Solutions’ 150th anniversary, they are bringing a comprehensive collection of bug specimens from around the world to the Science Center. The collection, belonging to world-famous bug collector Dan Capps, was at one time the largest personal collection of bugs in the world! The exotic and tropical specimens include beetles, walking sticks, butterflies, moths and much more.
Birthday Kick-Off and Press Event – October 27 (begin 11:00 am)
The exhibit will kick off with a special press event to celebrate Rose Pest Solutions’ 150th birthday. The anniversary celebration is open to the public and will include talks by Dan Capps, Russ Ives (President of Rose Pest Solutions), and some interactive “Show & Tell” presentations featuring live bugs and specimens as well as Incredible Edible Insects with the Bug Chef. Finally and most importantly, you can’t have a birthday without cake! Free cake will be available to visitors while supplies last, of course! The cake will not contain any bugs—we promise!
We will have additional special presentations throughout the short run of this exhibit, including more presentations by Rose Pest Solutions’ entomoligists such as Show & Tell with Mark “Shep” Sheperdigian and chef demonstrations by Gene White, AKA “The Bug Chef”.
Oct 30: Presentations with Mark “Shep” Sheperdigian (part of Spooky Science) includes live bugs, learning the basics of insect identification, how to create an insect collection and much more @ 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm
Nov. 7: Incredible Edible Insects with The Bug Chef. Visitors will learn about the overall health value of eating insects and sample tasty treats such as Chocolate Chirp Cookies, Bug-A-Boo Brownies, Jell-O-Shots called “Wigglers,” chocolate covered crickets and mealworms, and “Buglava.” Shows @ 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm
About Rose Pest Solutions
Rose Pest Solutions has its roots in the nation's oldest pest management company - Rose Exterminator Co., originally known as Rose's Rat Exterminator Co., founded by Solomon Rose around 1860 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rose Pest Solutions currently serves Michigan and Ohio in extermination services for both residential and commercial markets.
Dan Capps is an avid bug collector whose collection includes a wide variety of specimens from the insect world, including everything from butterflies with wingspans the size of a dinner plate to walking sticks as long as a man’s forearm. At one time, it was the largest insect collection in the world before Capps began donating portions of it to museums and schools. It also has been on display at the Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago) and Disney World’s Epcot Center, along with hundreds of schools and museums nationwide.
Dan Capps is also in the Guinness Book of World Records holding world cricket spitting record since June 1998 at 32 feet and one-half inch.
Gene White (Bug Chef)
Mr. Gene White is a native Ohioan who earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Glenville State College, Glenville, West Virginia. Gene's career in Urban Pest Management began in 1981 with experience as technician, sales consultant, supervisor,
district manager, and corporate trainer. In 1993, he enrolled at Purdue University and completed his MS degree in Entomology in December of 1996 and is an ESA Board Certified Entomologist. He currently works as the Director of Education and Training for Rose Pest Solutions in Troy, Michigan.
Gene’s professional activities include memberships in the Entomological Society of America, Pi Chi Omega and the American Society for Training and Development. He is currently the chair of the Purdue Entomology Development Council and member of the Michigan Pest Management Associations’ education committee.
Mark Sheperdigian is an entomologist delighted to serve with Rose Pest Solutions as an ambassador for entomology, science education, and the urban pest management industry. Known better as just “Shep”, he has attained a presence both locally and nationally within the pest management industry. Eternal optimism and a positive mental outlook are his most prominent characteristics.
Graduating in 1982 from Michigan State University with his Bachelors of Science in Entomology, Sheperdigian has spent the last 26 years working in the urban pest management industry. Over that time, he has held a variety of positions in service, sales, management and technical support. He currently serves as Vice President of Technical Services for Rose Pest Solutions based in Troy, Michigan.