Today marked the opening of the Big Bugs Outside the Box exhibition at the San Francisco zoo. These life like sculptures of bugs and insects are simply amazing to see. I am not a bug person so I didn't know if I would like seeing these so huge and up close but I loved it. To see these creatures in detail gave me a new appreciation for the insect life.
The exhibition also includes detailed information about each species along with history and interesting facts. If you are in the San Francisco area, this is a must see exhibition.
Formosan Long - Armed Male Scarab Beetle
These beetles use their long arm appendages to fight for female beetles and tree branches. They are losing their habitat in the wild and are currently fighting for survival.
Female Watanabe's Lanternfly
These critters were called lanternflies because it was thought that the golden appendage on their heads would light up in the dark. However, they do not light up so there is really no use for the lanternfly - other than she is kind of cute :)
Female Leaf Grasshopper
This grasshopper is protected by it's color, leaf like shape and wings. It remains still during the day to avoid predators and becomes active at night.
Named after the Greek God Hercules, these beetle use their horns to fight over females. They are claw like and grab their opponents, lift them in the air and slam them on the ground resulting in death.
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