Conquer your fears of creepy crawlies in our bugs’ exhibit and discover the marvellous miniature world right under our noses.
Many are the masters of disguise, so you will need to have your wits about you to spot them. Take your time, soon small movements and shapes will begin to reveal the bigger picture of their tiny world.
See nine different species of invertebrate, some of which can’t be seen anywhere else in the UK. From the Green bottle blue tarantula to the leafy Katydid, the colourful Flower beetle to the stripy Tiger centipede, there’s sure to be something to ‘weta’ your appetite.
Use the touchscreens to find out more about these critters and their habitats.
DID YOU KNOW? The David Bowie spider was so named because of the red stripe on its head resembling David Bowie’s iconic lightning bolt!
Back to The Deep Tour
Question Mark cockroach
This beautiful species of cockroach is so named for the question mark pattern on its wings. At only 2-3cm in length it feeds on leaf litter and fallen fruits.Once mature they reproduce fast, but nymphs can take up to 3 months to hatch.
Giant flower beetle
Coming in a multitude of rainbow colourations these beetles are the jewels of the rainforest. The second largest flower beetle in the world, coming second only to the Goliath beetle, they can reach 8cm in length. They feed on fallen fruits and decaying leaves.
Malaysian leaf katydid
An excellent leaf mimic, these katydids are a master of disguise. Their spectacular 'eye spots' and thorny spines are enough to deter any would-be predator hunting amongst the tree tops. They feed on leaves and occasionally fallen fruit.
David Bowie spider
This species of huntsman spider was only discovered in 2008. These unusually hairy spiders grow to only 2.5cm long, with the females being slightly larger than the males. Excellent hunters, they feed on small insects and other spiders.