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May 23, 2018

PHOTOS: Check out this exhibit with 20 giant bugs

Academy of Natural Sciences exhibit features models of moving, hissing and clicking bugs

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A large bed bug crawls atop a bed in the Extreme Bugs exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Just in time for the summer insect infestation, Xtreme Bugs is a new exhibit now on display at the Academy of Natural Sciences, sure to either make your skin crawl or make you say, "Ahh!" 


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Running through January 21, 2019, the Xtreme Bugs exhibit features the mind-boggling behaviors and characteristics of some of the earth's most interesting insects, but on a giant scale. On display are 20 massive, moving, mechanical, hissing, clicking insects, including an 18-foot long wiggling centipede, a five-foot-long, blood-sucking bed bug and a 12-foot-long pink orchid mantis. 

Xtreme Bugs blends technology, science, artistry and imagination to capture the most interesting aspects of the insect world. Cost: $7, nonmembers; $4, individual and family members. Free to all Family Plus members and above. For information on the exhibit, click here

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Look for the giant 12-feet-tall hissing, pink orchid mantis across from Logan Square near the entrance to the Academy of Natural Sciences.

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Students from the Russell Byers Charter School check out an African Millipede at the Academy of Natural Sciences.


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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs look out near the entrance to the Extreme Bugs exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences.


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Invertebrate specialist at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Karen Verderame, shows guests to the exhibit a Vinegaroon scorpion.


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A giant firefly lights up while a Vinegaroon scorpion at moves around in the Extreme Bugs exhibit.


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An 18-feet-long wiggling centipede is one of 20 giant insects in the exhibit.


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A group of giant orb weaving spiders take perch on a log in the Extreme Bugs exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences.


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Monarch butterflies gently flap their wings while illuminated with a palette of colored lights.


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The exhibit gives users an up-close view of 20 giant moving, hissing and clicking insects from around the world.