January 14 - May 5, 2012
This exhibit explores the wildlife that lives among us, spiders and insects of the phylum Arthropoda. These creatures are known for their many legs and their many relatives. They are the most numerous and adaptable creatures on the planet.
• Live arthropods – spiders, tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions, walking sticks, and more.
• A darkened gallery where visitors can enter the secret world of nocturnal insects.
• Cameras that explore animal lairs.
• Videos of arthropod behavior - spiders spinning, beetles stalking.
See stunning close-ups
85% of terrestrial animals are insects
Leggy! is supported by BioQuip and Fishtopia. All photos by Derek Sikes, UAMN entomology curator. Additional support from Brandi Fleshman, Piotr Naskrecki, and Friends of the UA Museum.
Arthropods are invertebrate animals with external skeletons, segmented bodies, and jointed appendages. They include insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and myriapods.
Meet the experts: Entomology curator Derek Sikes explores the fascinating habits and habitats of arthropods and explains the importance of the museum's collections. Graduate student and spider specialist Brandi Fleshman uncovers the incredible talents of web spinners.
To support this and other special exhibits make your contributions to:
University of Alaska Museum of the North
PO Box 756960
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6960
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