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Bug Ambassador Bios

Learn more in depth fun facts about our Bug Ambassadors!  

What’s Buzzin’?

Our What’s Buzzin’ Blog catalogues fun arthropod sightings our fans have had over the seasons here in Montana. You can read about everything from the delicate Green Lacewing spotted near Wise River, MT, to the pair of common Melissa Blues found right here in Missoula.

Check out the posts!

Store

Interested in one of our super cool color changing t-shirts but don’t live nearby?

Our online store has fun t-shirts for all ages. 

Resources for plants important to butterflies and other pollinators

Kid & Teen Friendly Resources

Common Questions Answered Via Video

There are a few things about the world of arthropods that we are unable to show to our guests first hand at the Insectarium. Through the power of video, here are a few of those things we can’t always show you in person!

Tarantula Molting
Many of our guests are fascinated by the two molts we have on display at the front desk. Since molting happens only every 9 months or so, it is hard to showcase to our guests. Thankfully, there are plenty of molting videos online. There is also a great article (and video) from The Bug Chicks on this topic. We hope to someday capture our own timelapse video of one of our spiders molting but until then, check out this one we have collected for you.

Praying Mantis Eating the Head of Her Mate
We get a lot of questions about praying mantises and their tendencies to eat their mates after (or during!) mating. This video shows two examples of this behavior.

Goliath Bird Eating Tarantula Hunting
Here at the Insectarium guests get to see Polly, our resident Goliath Bird Eating Tarantula, spending a lot of time resting in her flower pot burrow. This is because she is nocturnal, which means she is more active at night when we are closed! This video from National Geographic shows a spider of Polly’s same species on the move and hunting at night time.

Byron Weber Discusses Montana Butterflies
The classroom at the Insectarium is named after past board member Byron Weber. Byron was a consummate naturalist who even discovered a new species of butterfly in the Sweet Grass Hills of Montana. We often get asked what type of butterflies can be found in Montana and it might just be best to let Byron do the talking.

Observation Bee Hive

The observation beehive at the Insectarium was installed in July 2017.  Our visitors can now watch as the busy bees go about their business. What is normally obscured by the dark wooden sides of a traditional beehive can now be observed by our guests. Visit our Observation Beehive page to learn more about our amazing observation beehive!

STEM Video Playlist

This ScienceTake video series put out by the New York Times is very well done and insightful. There are all kinds of short videos about different research into a variety of topics, including many on arthropods. The videos are about two to three minutes long, you’ll be surprised how much you learn in such a short amount of time!