Get the buzz on bugs

Something wicked is coming – Wicked BIG Bugs, that is. They’re big, they’re colorful and we depend on them for healthy ecosystems. And this summer, they’re buzzing into Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo.

Visitors to Wicked BIG Bugs, an all-new seasonal exhibit, will encounter an array of fascinating giant animatronic insects including the red-tailed bumblebee, Mexican red knee tarantula, Madagascan sunset moth, meadow grasshopper, emperor scorpion, and many others – all nestled within the trees, bushes and undergrowth for a truly realistic, albeit larger-than-life, experience. In another immersive, over-sized opportunity, guests will be able to partake in a story walk through the pages of Eric Carle’s classic children’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar – celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Roles will be reversed as you venture through the exhibit and find yourself looking up into the eyes of an 8-foot-tall tarantula, marveling at the tail of the mighty emperor scorpion looming 15 feet in the air, admiring the 8-foot wingspan of the Madagascan sunset moth, and more gargantuan moments. Adventure-seeking children will be able to not only learn about the orb-web spider, but test their own web-climbing skills on a large rope spider web. There will also be an interactive education station, and opportunities to meet some real-life insect ambassadors up close during scheduled encounters.

What real insects may lack in size, they make up for with their own kind of super powers. Take the athletic ant, which can carry up to 10-50 times its own bodyweight; or the busy bee, which is responsible for pollinating 80% of the world’s plants – we can thank these buzzing beauties for one out of every three bites of food that we eat! Despite their importance, insect populations are under threat and need our help. Guests of all ages will learn about these pint-size “super heroes,” and how to ensure that we “don’t bug the bugs” by taking simple steps in our everyday lives to contribute to insect conservation – including buying native plants for your garden and avoiding the use of pesticides.

Want to save 20% on your visit to Wicked BIG Bugs at Franklin Park Zoo? Book Hilton’s Weekend Like a Local package and save on admission to Franklin Park Zoo and receive up to 50% off your Sunday night stay at Boston area hotels.

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