The Melbourne Museum's family-friendly exhibition reveals the incredible abilities of insects and the ways that bugs are influencing cutting-edge technology
Whether you're intrigued or freaked out by bugs, you have to admit that they're some of the coolest creatures going around. Over millions of years, insects have evolved to have some truly super abilities, including super-speed and strength, deadly venom, camouflage and even mind control. They're also leading the way in inspiring new forms of technology – did you know that flies influence the development of drones, and silk is used in 3D printing?
Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers is a collaboration between Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, and Weta Workshop, the creative studio who have won a swag of Academy Awards for their designs, customes and props featured in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, Avatar and more.
Finally, the immersive exhibition will buzz over to Melbourne to astound kids and adults alike. The big draw-cards here are super-detailed large-scale models of bugs by Weta Workshop, plus four 'Bug Chambers' that demonstrate the adaptive powers of bugs. There'll be interactive lab tables, and cutting-edge research presented in a way that everything will find easy to understand. Just look at the size of Weta's bugs:
Remember to stay calm: they're just (super accurate) models.
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