Touring the Audubon Insectarium

New Orleans, January 2009

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The first major public exhibit to open in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina was the Audubon Nature Institute’s Insectarium.  We took advantage of a lull in our schedule last week to make the pilgrimage to what turns out to be a surprisingly ambitious operation.  It well exceeded our expectations.

The entrance on Canal Street.
The entrance on Canal Street.
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Spying on live bumblebees.
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Inside the bees' nest.
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Yes, educational bits too.
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This ant looks familiar.
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Not a family exhibit: stick insects have sexual relations in public.
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They let non-insects in too.
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Another one.
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The proud photographer.
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A whole room just for metamorphosis.
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Complete with incubating pupae.
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Ants hidden in plain view.
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My favorite room: homage to the tradition of Natural History.
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Beetles making a beetle.
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Made completely from Asian insects.
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8 thoughts on “Touring the Audubon Insectarium”

  1. Thankyou for this wonderful blog, beautiful pictures, and visiting the Insectarium!

    Much Luv from “The Bug Easy”,
    Elise

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