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Opening in late 2014, the BUGarium will feature insects, arachnids and other fascinating creatures.

The BUGarium, coming to the Botanic Garden in 2014, will engross you in the fascinating lives of arthropods. The complex will feature naturalistic habitats designed to reveal the unseen wonders of “bugs” from around the world. It will be located near the PNM Butterfly Pavilion and Dragonfly Sanctuary Pond

What’s a Bug?

We think of bugs as small animals with lots of legs--spiders, bees, millipedes, scorpions, butterflies and so on. Scientists call these animals with hard exoskeletons, jointed legs and segmented bodies arthropods. They use the term true bug to describe a specific type of insect with piercing and sucking mouthparts. The BUGarium will feature all kinds of arthropods and a few other surprises.

Eww! Why Bugs?

Bugs can’t be ignored. Eight of ten animals on Earth are arthropods, and we can’t live without them. They pollinate flowers, feed other animals, eat dead things and play other important roles in the ecosystem.

Bugs also tell good stories. How do ants stay organized? What makes spider silk strong? How does moth perfume smell? At the BUGarium, you will be able to hear their stories and discover their hidden world.

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