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Extra-large animatronic bugs, a 15-foot-long Japanese hornet and a larger-than-life tarantula are some of the exotic creatures making their way to the Bishop Museum thanks to a new exhibit called Xtreme Bugs, running through March 2013.
Xtreme Bugs takes museum-goers along a journey across the 12-acre campus to view more than 20 oversized animatronic bugs, from a monarch butterfly and ladybug to a giant Madagascar hissing cockroach. Add to that nearly 130 larger-than-life stationary insects and flora, some grouped in themed action scenes such as pollinating bees, hunting spiders and hatching cicadas.
“With an estimated 8 million different species, insects outnumber any other living thing on Earth,” said Neal Evenhuis, senior entomologist at Bishop Museum. “Most people think of bad insects when someone says ‘bugs’: those that bite, sting, destroy our homes or cause us grief in other ways. But many bugs are important and beneficial to us in a number of ways.”
Xtreme Bugs promises to present people with a unique opportunity to imagine living in a world where bugs have the size advantage, providing a new perspective on creatures that play an essential role in the health of the ecosystem.
Throughout the run of the exhibit, Bishop Museum is offering educational programming, lectures and special events themed around bugs and insects.
Bishop Museum admission is $17.95 per adult, $14.95 per youth and free for children ages three and younger.