SU­PER BUGS AT MELBOURNE MU­SEUM

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Melbourne Mu­seum is host­ing the Aus­tralian pre­miere of “Bug Lab: Lit­tle Bugs, Su­per Pow­ers”, an im­mer­sive ex­hi­bi­tion ex­pe­ri­ence as told by a col­lec­tion of in­sects. The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures ul­tra-de­tailed large-scale mod­els of bugs and ex­plores the world as bugs do—through im­mer­sive, sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ences. Fea­tur­ing six large scale bugs—or­chid Man­tis, Bom­bardier Bee­tle, Jewel Wasp, Dragon­fly, Ja­panese Honey­bees and Katip (New Zealand’s most dan­ger­ous na­tive spi­der)—“bug Lab” un­cov­ers the adap­tive ge­nius of bugs, which over mil­lions of years have evolved to have su­per­power abil­i­ties, in­clud­ing cam­ou­flage, mind con­trol, su­per speed, swarm in­tel­li­gence and deadly venom. “Bug Lab” also high­lights how bugs are the lead­ing in­spi­ra­tion for cut­tingedge tech­nolo­gies. There are dozens of in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ences of­fer­ing vis­i­tors the chance to test their re­flexes and prac­tise bug brain surgery. On­go­ing, Melbourne Mu­seum, 11 Ni­chol­son Street, Carl­ton. 13 11 02. mu­se­umvic­to­ria.com.au/mel­bourne­mu­seum/whats-on/bug-lab

Or­chid Man­tis in Bug Lab. Photo: Joel Check­ley.

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