Arthropods: Creatures That Rule

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Featuring hands-on activities, dramatic specimen displays, colorful video and graphics, and even live animals, this exhibition draws on the latest scientific research to explore arthropods’ extraordinary evolutionary success and their impact on our lives. Evolving for more than 500 million years, these creatures range in size from giant king crabs to microscopic mites, represent over eighty percent of all animal species, and have colonized every corner of the planet.

Orb-Weavers: Masters of the Spider World

 Orb-Weavers: Masters of the Spider World is a small exhibit in the Arthropods gallery that examines the evolution of the orb web and explores how capture strategies used by its arachnid builders have shaped orb web design.

The Rockefeller Beetles

The Rockefeller Beetles is a small exhibit that features hundreds of specimens from David Rockefeller’s collection and recounts the story of a man whose childhood pursuit grew into a lifelong passion.

What's in a Name?

This station of the What's in a Name? onsite exhibit includes an interactive kiosk about honeybees. Learn more on the What's in a Name? website and download the free e-book.