HAVE YOU HEARD THE BUZZ?
GIANT BUGS TO INVADE HOGLE ZOO THIS SUMMER!
Opens May 12
It’s an INFESTATION CELEBRATION and it all will be happening this summer only at Utah’s Hogle Zoo! BUGZILLAS! presented by the Les Schwab Tire Centers, will feature 14 incredible, larger-than-life animatronic bug species all located throughout Zoo grounds.
SO WHY BUGS
Well, insects, including the informal category known as ‘bugs,’ to which we associate all sorts of invertebrates including spiders, centipedes, slugs and worms, exist all around us and are an integral part of the human world, yet are sorely misunderstood and taken for granted. Did you know these tiny guys perform critical tasks? They are pollinators, garbage collectors, soil conditioners and natural fertilizer-producers. Insects are the foundation of all life on earth. Without them, mankind would simply cease to exist.
Beautifully detailed by our friends at Billings Productions in Texas, these amazing robotic beauties have been painstakingly created based on extensive research and in consultation with entomologists. Hundreds of times larger than their real life counterparts, the realistic movements each bug deploys are powered by a pneumatic system that enables smooth movements.
REAL, LIVE BUGS!
BUGZILLAS! will also include real bugs, including a daily program at Discovery Theater, education classes, and there are several live invertebrates on permanent display in the Small Animal Building, where you can also marvel at the Zoo’s popular ‘Insects of the World’ display. Plus much more!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
BUGZILLAS! is available to be viewed all Zoo hours and free with your paid Zoo admission or by presenting a valid Hogle Zoo membership card at entry. BUGZILLAS! will be swarming Zoo grounds daily for a limited time only – May 12 through September11.
So leave that can of bug spray at home, and come learn more about the mind-boggling and fascinating world of bugs this summer at Utah’s Hogle Zoo!
MEET OUR 14 BUGZILLAS!:
- BLACK ANT – We’ve all had experience with ants. They live in colonies with one or two egg-laying queens and they ruin picnics;
- BLUE-EYED DARNER – It’s a common dragonfly found in western North and Central America. The eyes of both the male and female are bright blue;
- BOMBARDIER BEETLE – These insects use chemical warfare as an extreme form of self-defense. Watch out or they may spray YOU on your journey through the Zoo;
- DEVIL’S FLOWER MANTIS – It may look like a leaf but that’s all in self-defense. Look for the red, white, blue and black markings which distinguishes this bug from its cousin, the praying mantis;
- EMPEROR SCORPION – The largest of all scorpions (adult females can be up to eight inches in length), they are actually quite timid;
- MADAGASCAN SUNSET MOTH – Native only to the island nation of Madagascar, this moth is toxic to predators and their colorful wings may warn predators to stay away;
- MEADOW GRASSHOPPER – We all know grasshoppers. Primarily herbivores, they eat just about any plant or vegetable available. They are flightless insects;
- MEXICAN REDKNEE TARANTULA – These large arachnids are actually quite docile and have beautiful orange-red leg joints.
- ORB WEB SPIDER – These beauties are found in most gardens, fields, and forests. They love to munch on flying insects they catch in their intricate webs;
- RED-TAILED BUMBLEBEE – Bees are friends to mankind. They play an important role in pollinating plants and crops. Sadly, wild bee populations are in decline.
- SAY’S FIREFLY – Not exactly a fly, more like a beetle. They thrive in wet meadows on hot, sticky nights. Sadly, the populations of these illuminating insects are dwindling worldwide;
- SEVEN-SPOT LADYBIRD (LADYBUG) – A beautiful little critter bright red in color accented by three black spots. They live almost anywhere they can find their favorite meal – aphids!
- BLACK SWALLOWTAIL CATAPILLER – All species of swallowtail caterpillars have a gland that makes them taste awful to birds and other predators.
- STAG BEETLE – One of a group of 1,200 species of beetles, this cutie is identifiable by its massive and distinctive mandibles found only on the males.
THE SPONSORS OF BUGZILLAS!