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.


85% of terrestrial animals are insects

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.

Watch interviews here.


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.



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