Bug Out

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    Bug Out holds the magnifying glass to one of the most bizarre crimes in recent history: the theft of 7,000 living bugs from the Philadelphia Insectarium. This four-part investigative documentary series delves into this whodunnit through exclusive interviews with insect collectors, bug smugglers, and the law enforcement agencies charged with looking into this case. When $50,000 worth of live bugs are stolen from the Philadelphia Insectarium, detectives with the Philadelphia Police Department are on the hunt to find out who took the bugs, and why! As they assemble their list of suspects, they find themselves entering an unknown and shadowy subculture. Along the way, they find out that the Insectarium may not be the wholesome family museum it appears to be.  While the detectives interview suspects, agents from U.S. Fish and Wildlife share case files from other bug busts that could have major implications for this heist. The detectives are surprised to discover the far-reaching tentacles of this case, as international insect smugglers enter the scene. Meanwhile, a startling new clue is uncovered about a former Insectarium employee who is quickly becoming entangled in a sticky web of bug deals. A clearer picture of the Insectarium starts to develop as the detectives begin to hone in on a prime suspect. However, as they zero in, a staggering allegation is made about some of the tarantulas that were stolen from the museum. As a result, the investigators turn their focus to Mexico and the illicit tarantula trade there.  When a shocking revelation emerges about the bug heist, the investigators find themselves questioning everything they thought they knew about this case. Meanwhile, alliances at the Insectarium fracture as deep dark secrets begin to surface. Finally, new colonies are formed pointing to a dizzying future for this museum and all its worker bees.

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Caly Johnson
Austin Kim
Katie Barker
Country Availability

United Kingdom, United States

Executive Produced By

Jenner Furst, Julia Willoughby Nason, Michael Gasparro, Ben Feldman

Produced By

The Cinemart

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Show Description

Bug Out holds the magnifying glass to one of the most bizarre crimes in recent history: the theft of 7,000 living bugs from the Philadelphia Insectarium. This four-part investigative documentary series delves into this whodunnit through exclusive interviews with insect collectors, bug smugglers, and the law enforcement agencies charged with looking into this case. When $50,000 worth of live bugs are stolen from the Philadelphia Insectarium, detectives with the Philadelphia Police Department are on the hunt to find out who took the bugs, and why! As they assemble their list of suspects, they find themselves entering an unknown and shadowy subculture. Along the way, they find out that the Insectarium may not be the wholesome family museum it appears to be.  While the detectives interview suspects, agents from U.S. Fish and Wildlife share case files from other bug busts that could have major implications for this heist. The detectives are surprised to discover the far-reaching tentacles of this case, as international insect smugglers enter the scene. Meanwhile, a startling new clue is uncovered about a former Insectarium employee who is quickly becoming entangled in a sticky web of bug deals. A clearer picture of the Insectarium starts to develop as the detectives begin to hone in on a prime suspect. However, as they zero in, a staggering allegation is made about some of the tarantulas that were stolen from the museum. As a result, the investigators turn their focus to Mexico and the illicit tarantula trade there.  When a shocking revelation emerges about the bug heist, the investigators find themselves questioning everything they thought they knew about this case. Meanwhile, alliances at the Insectarium fracture as deep dark secrets begin to surface. Finally, new colonies are formed pointing to a dizzying future for this museum and all its worker bees.

Credits

Executive Producers
Jenner Furst
Julia Willoughby Nason
Michael Gasparro

Director, Co-Executive Producer
Ben Feldman

Production Company
The Cinemart

Episode Descriptions

Episode One – The Buglary

When 7,000 living insects worth over $50,000 are stolen from the Philadelphia Insectarium, the detectives assigned to the case get busy. They quickly realize they’re going to need some help penetrating this shadowy network of bug dealers and collectors. As they assemble a preliminary list of suspects, a new twist about the museum leaves them heading the investigation in a new direction.

Episode Two – Going Underground

While the detectives interview suspects to learn more about the museum and its odd history, federal agencies are brought on the scene to share case files from other bug busts. The hunt goes international as the investigators begin to peel back the layers of this global trade. An Insectarium insider with deep ties to the illicit bug trade emerges as a prime suspect.

Episode Three – Colony Collapse

A clearer picture of the Insectarium starts to develop as the detectives begin to hone in on a prime suspect. A startling allegation is made about some of the tarantulas that were stolen from the museum. As a result, the investigators turn their focus on Mexico and the illicit tarantula trade there. Did one of the bug-dealing Insectarium employees get in over his head?

Episode Four - Under The Magnifying Glass

A shocking revelation emerges about the bug heist. The investigators find themselves questioning everything they thought they knew about this case. Alliances at the Insectarium fracture as deep dark secrets begin to surface. New colonies are formed, pointing to a dizzying future for this museum and all its worker bees.

  • Credits

    Executive Producers
    Jenner Furst
    Julia Willoughby Nason
    Michael Gasparro

    Director, Co-Executive Producer
    Ben Feldman

    Production Company
    The Cinemart