Guess what? We found the Bugarium in Albuquerque! It’s like an aquarium, except it is all BUGS instead of fish! I thought it was so cool, but Annie wasn’t as excited as I was. I had to really beg her to get close enough to take some of these pictures for me.
The first bug was really cool, it looks like a leaf on a tree! It’s called a Celebes Leaf Insect and it is only found in Indonesia, on the other side of the world from Wisconsin. Too bad, I think it would be cool to find one in my backyard!
This scorpion was hiding but I found it! It’s a Desert Hairy Scorpion and it is found in the Southwest USA. Annie said she’s glad she hasn’t seen any of them so far!
Then we went upstairs to the really cool bugs. Well, I thought they were cool. Annie just kept saying “ewww” as she took pictures.
This guy was beautiful – a big furry spider! It’s a Mexican Red Knee Tarantula. Can you figure out why it has that funny name?
He has a sort of cousin: the Brazilian White Knee Tarantula. I like this photo a lot because it’s me next to the bug (well, he is in a glass case and I am not!).
And here’s the White Knee one in closeup! Pretty awesome, right?
This Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird Eater was the biggest tarantula they had at the Bugarium. It can be up to 10 inches wide and it can grow 6 inches in the first year it’s alive. It doesn’t actually eat birds very much, though, it mostly eats insects. Still a cool bug though!
Here’s a closeup shot!
At this point, Annie was looking kind of pale so we said goodbye to the spiders (well, I said goodbye to them, but I’m pretty sure Annie didn’t say anything to them!) and left the Bugarium for our next adventure.