The preparations for our exhibit are in full flow and going relatively smoothly, but there is one thing which is particularly hard to prepare for. Unfortunately that thing is the whole point of the festival: dealing with the public. More specifically, dealing with awkward questions.
Having worked with ants for many years, you can get used to the steady stream of annoying questions about how best to kill them -something we actually try particularly hard to avoid. Equally, you can learn to bite your tongue following any question involving the phrase "taxpayer's money" and perhaps even enter into an almost serious debate.
Of course in the main, most people's questions are interesting, perceptive and stimulating. And then to top it off, you can occasionally get a query that can render you dumbstruck (with joy). My current favourite being "Has an ant ever got in your mouth? ".View all 'How do insects find their way home?' blog posts