November 8, 2011 – Now that renovations are done, the Insectarium has emerged from its chrysalis and shows its new face to the public.
We Are the Insects is the name of the new, cutting-edge permanent exhibition that was created to give people a “bug-eyed” view of the fascinating world of insects and teach us more about these complex creatures and how important they are to us.
Designed for entomologists of all ages, the exhibition promises to give an exceptional peek into the lives of what some people might dismiss as creepy crawlies, but what others know play a pivotal role in the earth’s ecological balance. Follow Prosco, your friendly and mischievous cartoon insect tour guide to this astounding experience of discovery, and enjoy the entertaining yet educational presentations – more than twenty daily! – by nature interpreters along the way.
Hundreds of new additions from around the globe have come to settle at the Insectarium, including a tiny black-red-winged insect from Peru, two species of scarab beetles and a giant walking stick from the Malaysian forest, and not to forget one of the world’s rarest beetles from all the way down under, the Australian stag beetle.
What’s more, the naturalized collection (of some 3,000 specimens) has been completely updated with even more beautiful creatures such as mini-monsters, membracids, ornithoptera, bird-winged butterflies and more… there’s much to discover about insects and arthropods, now in a new state-of-the-art form.
The Insectarium is part of the Space for Life (Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Planetarium), the first venue dedicated to people and nature.