Kids get up close and personal with bugs at Virginia Tech

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Kids played with bugs Wednesday in Blacksburg and it was perfectly fine with their parents.

It was the third annual Hokie Bug Camp hosted by the Virginia Tech Department of Entomology.

We caught up with the kids as they made a pollinator garden to attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Students learned techniques to catch bugs, how they help the earth and how they survive.

"I'm just happy that there are spiders because if we didn't have spiders my brother wouldn't have arachnophobia," said Serena Radford, a fourth grade student.

More than a dozen kids from Southwest Virginia were up close and person with the insects.

"I've collected some dragon flies that look really cool and you can get up close to them," said Emma Lucero, a sixth grade student.

Many of them will come back for the Hokie BugFest in October.