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Bug Man to Visit Maine Wildlife Park
‘Bugs’, otherwise called ‘arthropods’, have been around since the very first animal fossils appeared over 550 million years ago. Back then, they were the dominant animal group. They are still critical to the Earth’s ecosystems and to our well-being. ‘Bugs’ pollinate most of our food, eat a lot of pests, recycle waste, make silk, provide dyes for fabrics, are eaten by us and much more. They are the most numerous and varied animal group on the planet, with over 1.25 million different species and with over 10 billion billion (that’s a 1 followed by 18 zeros) alive at any one time!
This exhibit will show you some of the world’s largest ‘bugs’ and how they relate to some of the ‘bugs’ you may be familiar with here in Maine. You’ll see live ‘bugs’, shed insect skins, fossils, insectivorous plants and have the opportunity see what an exoskeleton feels like. Come discover why ‘bugs’ are the most successful group of animals ever!
In addition, the Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry’s Maine Bug Watch Program will have a display and lots of information about the latest invasive pests that threaten our plant resources.