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Explore | Exhibit

Insectarium

Located in the Magic Wings Butterfly House, the Bayer Insectarium features a large collection of exotic insects from around the globe, making it a great explore to entomological diversity. Interactive exhibits give you an up-close and personal view into the lives of members of the largest groups of animals on the planet—invertebrates!

Meet Some of Our Invertebrates

A close-up of an orb weaver in its web against a purple background.

Giant Orb-weavers

Be sure to look up at the orb-weavers (Araneidae) suspended overhead in this open-air exhibit. Since orb-weavers can use their webs to meet their needs, from getting liquid to catching food, they rarely leave their exhibit environment— despite a lack of glass!
A close-up of a pink-toed tarantula.

Goliath birdeater tarantula

Did you know that tarantulas like our Goliath Birdeater tarantula (Theraphosa blondi) aren't insects? They are spiders! They have 8 legs, 8 eyes, 2 body segments, and fangs. Most tarantulas hide during the day and hunt at night.
A close up shot of a beehive showing honeybees clustered together.

Honeybees

Honeybees (Apis mellifera) are social insects. A beehive is cooperative and organized, and each bee has a specific job. The queen lays eggs. Worker bees are female and can be foragers, honey makers, builders, or nurses. Drones are male bees whose only job is mating.

Insects need enrichment, too.

But what does that look like? Insects at the Museum benefit from near natural habitats that provide all their needs and wants—food, water, plants, hiding spots, and lighting that mimics natural day and night. They don’t need the same kind of stimulation as other, vertebrate animals in captivity, but daily ‘disturbance’—or, interacting with them—can be important. In the Insectarium, this means every tank is opened every day—to replace food and water, but also, in some cases, to allow our insect ambassadors to meet the public.

Two boys hold out their hands to hold a tarantula and examine it.