Super Bugs at Melbourne Museum
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 cutting-edge technologies. There are dozens of interactive experiences offering visitors the chance to test their reflexes and practise bug brain surgery.
Until 15 October, 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.