Written by: CJ Kazilek

We have been working with biologists from Northern Arizona University Imaging and Histology Core Facility, the International Institute for Species Exploration, and the ASU W. M. Keck Bioimaging Laboratory to bring you their Ugly Bug contestants for 2008.

Thank you for voting in this year’s Ugliest Bug Contest and remember...Ugly is only cuticle deep.

Ugly bug 2008 graph

Look below for descriptions of the 2008 contestants. You can also download the ugly bug companion coloring pages and become a make-up artist for these bug stars and/or get your own Ugly Bug 2008 Poster (PDF).

The Ugly Bug Contest has been part of the Flagstaff Festival of Science and Mt. Campus Science Day since 1997. Ask-a-Biologist is pleased to extend the contest to the world via the Web. Congratulations to the Tick for being 2008 Ugliest Bug Winner. Be sure to add us to your calendar to vote every year.

Firefly (Photuris)
(592 votes)
Pill Bug

(335 votes)
stink bug
Stink Beetle

(230 votes)
Tick (Acari)
(1056 votes)
june bug
June bug

(323 votes)
Moth (Lepidotera)
(251 votes)

(527 votes)

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  • Article: Ugly Bug Contest 2008
  • Author(s): CJ Kazilek
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: May 12, 2010
  • Date accessed: September 19, 2020
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/ubc/archive/2008

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CJ Kazilek. (2010, May 12). Ugly Bug Contest 2008. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved September 19, 2020 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/ubc/archive/2008

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

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CJ Kazilek. "Ugly Bug Contest 2008". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 12 May, 2010. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/ubc/archive/2008

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CJ Kazilek. "Ugly Bug Contest 2008". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 12 May 2010. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 19 Sep 2020. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/ubc/archive/2008

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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