Touring the Audubon Insectarium
January 20, 2009 by myrmecos
New Orleans, January 2009
The first major public exhibit to open in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina was the Audubon Nature Institute’s Insectarium. We took advantage of a lull in our schedule last week to make the pilgrimage to what turns out to be a surprisingly ambitious operation. It well exceeded our expectations.
The entrance on Canal Street.
Spying on live bumblebees.
Inside the bees' nest.
Yes, educational bits too.
This ant looks familiar.
Not a family exhibit: stick insects have sexual relations in public.
They let non-insects in too.
The proud photographer.
A whole room just for metamorphosis.
Complete with incubating pupae.
Ants hidden in plain view.
My favorite room: homage to the tradition of Natural History.
Beetles making a beetle.
Made completely from Asian insects.