Holderness, NH – Do you know your Bombardier beetle from your stag beetle? Through September 30, Squam Lakes Science Center is hosting Giant Insects. Come and learn about the insects and the vital role they play in preserving the balance of nature. Learn about where they live, their amazing adaptations, and how you can help them survive.
Visitors can see the five giant animatronic insects along the live animal exhibit trail. Insects include Bombardier Beetle, Blue-eyed Darner, Devil’s Flower Mantis, Grasshopper, and Stag Beetle as well as a giant spicebush swallowtail caterpillar that visitors can climb on for a great photo.
The Giant Insects will be featured on the live animal exhibit trail through September 30. Giant Insects is included in regular trail admission ($22 for adults; $20 for seniors age 65+; $16 for youth ages 3 to 15; free for children 2 and under; free for members). Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the last trail admission at 3:30 p.m. Visit nhnature.org for more information and to purchase tickets in advance.
The Science Center also offers Insects Alive Guided Tours to learn about the specific insects in the Giant Insect exhibit, where these insects live, how they adapt, and what we can do to help them survive. Insects Alive Guided Tours take place on August 5 and 29, and September 18.
The Science Center will also be hosting The Caterpillar Lab from August 25 through 27 to see and touch many varieties of caterpillars. Insects and other invertebrates make up approximately 94% of the world’s animal species. They play a major role in our natural world doing everything from pollinating plants and distributing seeds, to providing food for wildlife, recycling nutrients, and more.
Giant Insects is generously sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank, Holderness School, and Eversource.
About Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
The mission of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world. Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, guided Squam Lake Cruises, an informal public garden, and Blue Heron School, a nature-based Montessori early learning center, the Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors since 1966 about the importance of our natural world. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is located on Route 113 in Holderness, an easy drive from exit 24 off I-93, and public trails are open daily from May 1 through November 1 with programming throughout the year. The Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the only AZA-accredited institution in northern New England. For further information about the Science Center, call 603-968-7194 or visit www.nhnature.org.
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Explore the World of Giant Insects
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center brings larger-than-life insects to New Hampshire