One tank trips: Audubon Insectarium

By Kevin Wheeler - bio | email

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WDAM) - There are nearly 1 million species of insects represented at the Audubon Institute Insectarium.

Anywhere from 6,000 to 8,000 people tour the museum every week. Big or small, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Zack Lemann, with the insectarium says the museum offers about six galleries and other areas for visitors to learn about insects.

"As long as folks leave here realizing that these are important creatures, and not just to the world on an ecological scale, but enriches our lives as well, then we feel like we've done our job," said Lemann.

Guests are allowed to touch the insects, and in some cases they can see what it's like to be one and taste them.

Ann Thompson and her daughter said they learned a lot and had a blast at the museum.

"It's educational in that they display so many species," said Thompson. "I had no idea there were so many different species of bugs and the displays are just beautiful.

Reece Sanchez was pleased with the butterflies in flight gallery.

"Butterflies can do camouflage if their wings are really green or really brown," said Sanchez.

It takes anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half to go through the museum. Lemann said that is plenty of time to learn the value of insects.

"By the time people leave they usually have a happy look on their face, and that's what we're looking for," said Lemann.

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