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Giant, Moving Insects Invade Philly When Xtreme Bugs Opens May 26

New exhibit makes debut, features the mind-boggling behaviors and extreme characteristics of some of the earth’s most fascinating creatures, insects.

March 15, 2018

A new exhibit making its debut this spring at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University features the mind-boggling behaviors and extreme characteristics of some of the earth’s most fascinating creatures—insects.

Xtreme Bugs, flying in May 26, features nearly 20 giant, moving, hissing, clicking insects from around the world. Picture this: an18-feet-long wiggling centipede, a five-feet-long blood-sucking bed bug, a 12-feet-tall hissing pink orchid mantis.

Xtreme Bugs blends technology, science, artistry and imagination to capture the most unusual aspects of the insect world. From a fluttering, oversized monarch butterfly to a gigantic Madagascar hissing cockroach, the exaggerated size of these creatures shines a creative spotlight on what makes them “extreme.”

“Not only are these enormous animatronic insects such fun to examine up close, but we can also learn a lot about their extreme behaviors and the physical characteristics that allow bugs to thrive and survive,” said Academy President and CEO Scott Cooper.

Visitors will experience a bug’s-eye view of their world, explore critter calls, dig for ancient arthropods, and play a bug facts game. A variety of live insects will be on view for close-up inspection in the adjacent Butterflies! exhibit and the Outside In children’s discovery center. On Wednesdays and weekends at 11:45 a.m. educators will give short insect talks and answer questions.

Xtreme Bugs, created by Dinosaurs Unearthed, Corp., will be on view through Jan. 21, 2019. Western Pest is the presenting sponsor for Xtreme Bugs, which also is supported by a generous donation from VWR Charitable Foundation.


Media is invited to an exclusive exhibit preview at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 23. RSVP:

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News media contact:
Carolyn Belardo, Director of Public Relations, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
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