The Love Bugs

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Over the course of 60 years, two married entomologists traveled to more than 67 countries, quietly amassing the world's largest private collection of insects. But as they grapple with Parkinson's in their twilight years, these two soulmates--married for 55 years--decide to give the collection away. This humorous and poignant documentary explores the love of nature--and the nature of love--and what it means to devote oneself completely to both. This film was shortlisted for a 2019 IDA Award in the Short Documentary category.

Screening during a special online featured event on April 19, accessible to Virtual Passholders.


  • Director: Allison Otto, Maria Clinton

  • Producer: Caryn Capotosto, Jane Julian, David and Linda Cornfield

  • Duration: 34min

  • Category: Short


View this pre-recorded conversation with directors, Allison Otto and Maria Clinton. Watch Now.

A Denver Museum of Nature and Science video featuring Frank Krell, Senior Curator of Entomology as he discusses the film and the importance of the collection featured in the film. Watch Now.


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