MOSI invites children of all ages to Bug Out at a new interactive exhibit

>>Meadows: Watch closely as Harry the Chinese Praying Mantis eats its prey, but you might want to take a few steps back while the dung beetles finish their dinner. Also, be sure to visit the art center to create your own virtual bug and butterfly art

>>Water: You don't even have to get wet to see some predacious diving beetles, red swamp crawfish and water scorpions in action or to learn more about the life cycles of mosquitoes and dragonflies.

>>Forests: A silicone ant farm has been set up to allow viewers to observe the tunnels created within the colony. You can also check out a tarantula and a scorpion that glows in the dark under an ultraviolet light.

>> Midwest croplands: Take some time to walk through a miniature corn maze as you are surrounded by the ear-splitting sounds of a swarm of grasshoppers.

>> Your own home: Put on a Terminix inspection outfit and grab a checklist before exploring the model home (or maybe a studio apartment), which includes a bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and closet. Terminix has labeled all the places for critters to hide as well as the health hazards they could pose if the areas are untreated. Be sure to look under the kitchen sink!

Other fun features of the exhibit include an entertaining roach race. Spend some time at the tracks as an enthusiastic announcer prepares the roaches for their big race.

If you are feeling particularly brave, or just hungry, the bug chef will prepare you a lovely meal of garden herb cricket dip, fried chocolate meal worms (apparently they taste exactly like Twix bars) or some cricket cookies. You may even get to try a banana cricket fritter, if you're lucky.

Kids can also have cricket-spitting contests to see who can spit a frozen cricket the farthest.

In the back of the exhibit, Canadian artist Jennifer Angus has filled two rooms with her famous, beautiful artwork and patterns made entirely from petrified bugs and beeswax.

Sponsored by Terminix and the Audubon Insectarium, the exhibit's goal is to provide guests of all ages the opportunity to see how fascinating insects can be in their natural habitats.

Harry's Big Adventure: My Bug World! runs until May 31. Visit MOSI's website for daily hours and prices.

Harry the Chinese Praying Mantis and his buggy friends have made a stop in Tampa at MOSI for a new exhibit, Harry's Big Adventure: My Bug World!

The exhibit showcases the five following environments that serve as natural habitats for many different kinds of insects.

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