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Giant Insect exhibit July thorugh September 2022

Giant Insects

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Immerse yourself in a world of invertebrates.

From July 1 through September 30, five larger-than-life animatronic insects will be part of the live animal trail experience. Listen to the sound of insects and watch for the spray from the bombardier beetle! Don't forget to climb aboard the spicebush swallowtail caterpillar for a photo. These insects will help teach about the important role insects play in preserving the balance of nature. The Giant Insects exhibit is included in your regular trail admission.


  • Where: Located in the natural setting of the live animal exhibit trail.
  • When: July 1 through September 30, daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.)
  • Fee: Giant Insects is included with your regular trail admission (admission is free for members).
  • Details: Plan at least two hours to walk the three-quarter mile live animal exhibit trail.

What Insects Will You See?

Blue-eyed Darner
Females lay eggs among dense water plants, on floating branches in open water, depositing the eggs both above and below the surface.
Bombardier Beetle
When disturbed, this beetle ejects a hot poisonous chemical spray from the tip of its abdomen.
Devil's Flower Mantis
As one of the largest species of praying mantis, this mantis impersonates a flower by remaining motionless to lure prey.
Grasshopper
Large grasshoppers can jump approximately one meter without using their wings.
Stag Beetle
Stag beetles use their large mandibles to fight off opponents but aren't aggressive to humans.
Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar
Larvae are brightly colored with two large black dots on the thorax that resemble eyes to deter predators.

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