X-treme BUGS Invade IMAS!


McAllen, TX – What if the ants crawling on your counter, the spider in your doorway, or the butterfly in your garden was the size of your car or larger? What would they look like? What bizarre physical characteristics would you notice? And what mind-boggling behaviors would you observe? Experience X-TREME BUGS to find out, beginning October 9, 2016 through March 20, 2017, at the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS).

The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) X-treme BUGS exhibition is a 6,000 sq. ft. exhibit which features over 100 giant bugs, including 22 massive animatronic bugs, in vibrant, naturalistic habitats.
Enveloped in the larger-than-life landscape of X-treme BUGS, visitors will be transported into a vivid, dynamic and awe-inspiring new environment; featuring: a fluttering monarch butterfly, a ladybug, a line of marching ants, an orchid mantis, stinkbugs, spiders, honeybees and more.

Bugs have a critical role to play in our environments. Bees pollinate more than a third of all crops for human consumption. Spiders provide some of the best pest control for the common household. X-treme BUGS taps into the natural visceral discomfort many of us experience when we think about bugs and offers a new way to seeing the tiny creatures we often consider pests. These tiny creatures have an amazing ability to make us squirm – our skin crawls and a sense of foreboding arises.

Engaging interpretive content weaves together the science behind each bug’s amazingly X-treme capabilities. Guests are invited to walk through the lens of a bug’s eye and shift their perspective from “ew” to “awe” about the fascinating little creatures that share our ecosystem. From dragonflies that can see in almost every direction at once, to Orb Weaver spiders with silk as strong as steel and Leaf-Cutter ants that can carry 50 times their own body weight, the experience delivers a series of memorable discoveries.

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-2-40-06-pm“Visitors can experience the invasion of X-treme BUGS at the gigantic, state-of-the-art animatronic bug on display in Discovery Pavilion at IMAS,” Ms. Julie Johnson, President of IMAS said. “This exhibition has interactive activities for all ages. IMAS educators will delight visitors with hands-on interactions with Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, our very own tarantula, The Dude and much more. Parents and families will want to make a day of it with X-treme BUGS. It’s going to be so fun to see jaws drop and eyes pop as guests encounter the X-treme BUGS at a bug’s level.”

Learn about super organisms, insect migration and hibernation, emergent behavior and solitary predators. The experience is vibrant and dynamic, innovative and creative. The exaggerated size and fascinating stories of these creatures surprises, entertains and leaves a lasting impression on the visitor.

X-treme BUGS at IMAS will be open from October 9, 2016 to March 20, 2017 in the Discovery Pavilion and Main Gallery at IMAS. There is an additional charge for this exhibit except for Family Premium Members or above. Be sure to mark the exhibition dates in your calendar. Ask us about our Museums for All program. For more information on X-treme BUGS, please call (956) 682-0123 or visit www.theimasonline.org. IMAS is located at 1900 W. Nolana Avenue, McAllen, TX 78504.