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"Get buggy" all summer long at ECHO!

Previous Exhibit: May 15 through September 6, 2010.

Want to “get buggy” this summer? ECHO is “going to the bugs,” with “Backyard Monsters,” running from May 15 through September 6. This special summer exhibit features giant robotic insects — a scorpion, praying mantis, and carpenter ants — whose anatomical accuracy has been endorsed by the American Entomological Society; plus interactive, enlightening displays; a collection of exotic insects from around the world; and live creepy-crawlies from the Lake Champlain Basin. “Backyard Monsters” vividly presents the fascinating world of Insecta, up-close-and-personal... perhaps too “up-close” for the faint-hearted! The exhibit is sponsored by The Automaster.

“The huge, animitronic insects in ‘Backyard Monsters,’” says ECHO Executive Director Phelan Fretz, “provide a unique and exciting opportunity for our guests to experience a part of our ecosystem typically too small to explore in-depth with just the naked eye.”


“Backyard Monsters” has swarms of buggy encounters, including...

  • The Better to Eat You With: Discover how insects suck blood, chew their food, and guzzle plant nectar.

  • Robo-Bugs: Grab the remote control, take your insect for a walk, or race your friends!

  • The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Explore how looks can deceive and protect.

As with all ECHO exhibits, visitors can deepen their experiences through hands-on educational programs for all ages, such as Bug Bingo, Making Scents (insect pheromones), and creating insects from recycled materials. Additional “Backyard Monsters”-related programming will include competitions and public events. For the up-to-the-minute programming schedule please visit our calendar.

Be prepared to learn “what’s buggin’ you” at ECHO’s “Backyard Monsters” — and watch out for that giant dragonfly hovering over your head!




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Exhibit sponsored by

The Automaster

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