The Hall will be closed on November 1 for our Inspiring Young Minds Gala.

Xtreme BUGS

February 1 through September 1Xtreme 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.


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.

girls with ladybug in Xtreme BUGS

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.

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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.

UC Berkeley research showed off by visitor

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.

Scorpion Swarm of Bees Nephila Clavipes Hissing Cockroach Orchid Mantis Atlas Moth

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.
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