February 1 through September 1 — Xtreme BUGS are marching, flying, and crawling into the Hall! Get ready to encounter these massive, moving, and buzzing insect and arthropod models.
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, and the global economy.
Get an Up-Close View
See the details of their bodies; hear the buzzing, chirping, and hissing sounds they make; and watch them move. You’ll encounter many species, including an orchid mantis, a tarantula, a vinegaroon, a giant Madagascar hissing cockroach, and more.
Bugs Can Tell Us a Lot
As you explore the exhibit, you’ll find that each bug has a story to tell. You’ll discover how ants use their sense of smell to find food and how bees are one of nature’s most important pollinators. A "flutter" of butterflies perched on flowers illustrates the important relationship between insects and plants.
Bugs Are 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. Come to Xtreme BUGS and experience the wonder (and sometimes the creepiness!) of getting up-close and personal to the bugs that are usually hidden from view.
Check out some of the bugs on display and see photos from opening day.
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Thanks to our Xtreme BUGS partners, the UC Berkeley Essig Museum of Entomology, the Department of Integrative Biology, and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. Click on the images below for more information.
Xtreme BUGS is produced by Dinosaurs Unearthed.