Enormous, ancient creatures are invading the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House this year in the Jurassic Bugs exhibit. See life-size replicas of prehistoric arthropods, explore displays of their living relatives and learn how these animals have changed over millions of years. Fossil records indicate that some animals were enormous as compared to today’s specimens. Encounter five of these oversized species taking up temporary residence inside the central exhibit hallway.
View the enormous dragonfly, Meganeura, and giant millipede, Arthropleura, which thrived during the Pennsylvanian Period about 300 million years ago. Also on display is the largest arthropod presently known, Pterygotus, a ferocious ten-foot-long sea scorpion from the Silurian Period.
These prehistoric bugs will join the permanent residents of the Butterfly House: living beetles, roaches, tarantulas, spiders, scorpions and other insects and arachnids. Compare these smaller creatures of today to their larger prehistoric relatives to learn how they have evolved over eons.
Hours of the exhibit are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays before Memorial Day and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Admission to this exbihit is free with regular Butterfly House admission of $6 for adults; $4.50 for seniors; $4 for children ages 3-12; and free for children ages 2 and under. More information: www.butterflyhouse.org