They're big, they're bad and they've invaded the Houston Zoo.
Zoo workers and staff members of Billings Productions, which makes the bugs along with its famous animatronic dinosaurs, unloaded the backyard monsters Wednesday at the local facility. About 60 times larger than the real thing, each creature looks exactly like its real-life inspiration — and some come with surprising tricks.
There's a beetle that sprays water and a firefly that lights up with the turn of a handle.
You’ll see friendly ants, a ladybug, a grasshopper, a dragonfly and a beautiful Madagascar sunset moth. There's a beetle that sprays water and a firefly that lights up with the turn of a handle. You can get up close and personal with bugs to avoid in real life, like an emperor scorpion and a Mexican red-knee tarantula.
Extreme Bugs!, which coincides with the opening of the zoo’s new insectarium or bug house, comes to take over Houston after its debut at Chester Zoo in Cheshire, England. Entrance to the outdoor bug exhibit is $3.95 a person with a general zoo admission ticket.
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