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The World of Giant Insects
June 17, 2006 - September 10, 2006

The World of Giant Insects exhibit transported visitors to another world where bugs tower over people. Five hugely magnified robotic insects allowed visitors to more clearly observe some of the behaviors and adaptations that have enabled these creatures to thrive. A 19-foot-long praying mantis showed threatening behavior, causing its prey to freeze, to avoid being eaten. A 13-foot-long locust spread its wings. Two 11-foot-long rhinoceros beetles fought, each the size of a Volkswagen...um... beetle. A giant walking stick, over 21 feet long, displayed its protective camouflage. And at 15 feet, a swallowtail butterfly caterpillar is the biggest wiggler you'll ever see.

Also on display were three giant insect heads with mouthpieces the visitor operated by pushing a button. In addition to these giant creatures, there were a number of live insects on display. These giant robotic insects are from Kokoro, the company responsible for the Museum's fall 2005 exhibit of robotic, ice-age mammals. This time, on exhibit are animals still living on earth that far outnumber humans.

Sponsors

  • Janet & Luther Ott Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson
  • Gertrude C. Ford Foundation
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Trustmark Bank