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Bugs: Outside the Box Comes to the Museum

Bugs: Outside the Box Comes to the Museum photo 1/15/2015 4:45:15 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

Imagine walking up to a four-foot long beetle and seeing the beauty of its colors.  Or experience the massive five-foot long wing span of a butterfly.  These and many more greatly enlarged insect sculptures will be showcased at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame beginning January 22 at 5:30 p.m. and continuing through May 10. 

BUGS: OUTSIDE THE BOX is the amazing special exhibit where visitors can get up close to a dragonfly’s delicate wing, stand next to a long-arm beetle more than 10 feet high, or see inside the mouth of heavily armored stag beetles with impressive jaws and horns as long as a man’s arm.

“This is an exciting show to bring to Lea County”, says Dr. Darrell Beauchamp, Executive Director of the museum.  “Not only will visitors see the intricate details of the world of insects without needing a microscope, but they will also learn their importance to science and how necessary they are in the natural world. People will learn about the hidden beauty of bugs.”

The sculptures were created by Lorenzo Possenti, a scientific artist.  Using powerful magnification and actual specimens of each animal, Possenti painstakingly created each sculpture with remarkable accuracy.  The sculptures are displayed on large bases that contain unique information about the life cycles of the insect on display, along with fascinating facts including metamorphosis,   their environment, and the meaning of their scientific names.

Beauchamp explains: “The purpose of this exhibit is for people to discover the beauty in these tiny animals…something they cannot see and understand with the normal eye.  To see huge insects and discover how intricate they are to the environment will be something adults and children can appreciate.”

In addition to the sculptures, there are various learning stations where children and adults can learn about magnification and taxonomy (the practice of collecting all types of materials from the natural world).

Four Family Fun Days will coincide with the Bugs exhibit:

  • January 31 - “Bugs 101” – meet and talk to people to learn the basics of bugs
  • February 28 – “Good Bug/Bad Bug” – how to recognize good and bad bugs
  • April 11 – “Butterflies in your Stomach” – discover tasty treats made from bugs
  • May 2 – “Bug-a-Thon” - an all-day marathon of different bug movies.

“We’re very excited about the four Family Fun Days scheduled during this exhibition,” noted Beauchamp. “They promise to provide something for everyone – from a basic look at bugs to how bugs can be edible and a regular part of our diet.”

The exhibition will open Thursday, January 22, at 5:30 p.m.  The public is invited to this free event.

For more information contact the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame at 575-492-2678.

Photos attached:  [higher resolution photos are available upon request]

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