Museums / Little creatures can be so cute: Hedgehogs. Bunnies. Baby koalas. But once you go cold-blooded, the cuteness turns repulsive. Take a squirmy centipede, just a few cuddly inches long–isn’t it sweet? No way. Blow it up 1,000 times its normal size and you’ve got a grown man’s nightmare, and every child’s sci-fi dream.
Xtreme Bugs might not be for the squeamish, but this Bishop Museum exhibition is definitely for little explorers who love playing with beetles and other garden critters. Ants, grasshoppers, bees, cicadas and other creepy crawlers have infiltrated the Great Lawn of the Bishop Museum (the traveling show will clear out at the end of the month).
Each massive critter, whether leering over you as you walk under the awning of the Mamiya Science Center or crawling halfway up a palm tree, is accompanied by a description of the bug’s standout features. More than 20 insects turn their heads, flap their wings or hiss, while many more frozen in place make you feel as if you’ve wandered into a giant garden full of bugs in action. While the animatronics are a little unnerving, they’re still totally cool, and the exhibit’s educational aspect turns things from gross to impressive.