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The world of insects is all around us. Cleverly camouflaged or bright and colorful, the often small size of bugs leaves them largely unnoticed.  Both important to science and necessary in the natural world, their intricate details are often only apparent under a magnifying glass...until now.  At BUGS: Outside the Box, giant sculptures, each showcasing the beauty hidden within the mini-beasts of the natural world, turn the tables on how we see bugs.

At this amazing special exhibit, visitors can get up close with a dragonfly’s delicate wing, the huge mandible of a stag beetle, or even a section of a butterfly’s scaled wing. See intricate details not visible to the naked eye and learn fun facts about the metamorphosis, adaptability, camouflage, and important roles insects play in our natural world.

Exhibit Highlights:

  • Rarely seen long-arm beetle more than 10 feet high!
  • Collection of heavily armored stag beetles with impressive jaws and horns as long as your arm!
  • Create your own bugs in the interactive “Build A Bug” game.
  • Learn more about magnification at the “Magnification Station.”
  • Explore the “Touch Zone” and discover the world of insects with your own two hands.

Lorenzo Possenti is the scientific artist who creates these exacting works of art. Using powerful magnification and actual specimens of each animal, Lorenzo painstakingly creates each sculpture with remarkable accuracy.  Based in Pisa, Italy, Lorenzo collaborated with U.S.-based company Outhouse Exhibit Services to bring his works to the United States.

Sponsored by , with additional support provided by Artisans' Bank.

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