February 1 through September 1 — Xtreme BUGS are marching, flying, and crawling into the Hall! Get up close to these massive, moving, and buzzing insect and arthropod models. Come experience the wonder (and sometimes the creepiness!) of getting up close and personal to the bugs that are usually hidden from view.
They're Larger than Life!
Explore the fascinating world of bugs on an extreme scale to understand why, even though they're small, bugs play a critical role in our environment, culture, scientific research, and the global economy.
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Follow the lives of a butterfly and a praying mantis in this exciting 3-D film. Daily shows.
Have hands-on encounters with animals in the Animal Discovery Room. Open weekends and holidays.
Get an Up-Close View
See the details of their bodies; hear their buzzing, chirping, and hissing; and watch them move. You’ll encounter many species, including an orchid mantis, a tarantula, a vinegaroon, and a giant Madagascar hissing cockroach.
Bugs Tell Us a Lot
As you explore the exhibit, you’ll find that each bug has a story to tell. Discover how ants use their sense of smell to find food and how bees are one of nature’s most important pollinators.
They're Important to Our World
From bees producing the honey we eat to spider webs that inspire engineering design, bugs have an enormous influence on our world. Their effect on the environment, food production, medicine, and pop culture are all reasons that we find them so fascinating and scientists continue to study them.
Explore UC Berkeley Scientists' Research
Get an inside look at current research in entomology, genetics, and insect populations happening right now at UC Berkeley. Learn about projects that the Essig Museum of Entomology and the Department of Integrative Biology are working on, and see the diversity of local bees collected by the Urban Bee Lab.
Click on the photos below to see some of the Xtreme BUGS on exhibit and check out photos from opening day.
Thank you to our Xtreme BUGS partners—the UC Berkeley Essig Museum of Entomology; the Department of Integrative Biology; the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; and the Urban Bee Lab. Click on the images below for more information.
Sponsored by ScholarShare.
Xtreme BUGS is produced by Dinosaurs Unearthed.