The World of Giant
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.