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 image

I glow even as larvae...
Watch the 2008 video

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