Acacia Ants

  • Acacia ants protect acacia trees from leaf eaters and other encroaching plants that might block sunlight. Come see them at work.
  • Tropical Connections Gallery
  • 3rd Floor, Nature Exploration Center

Living Conservatory

  • Live butterflies accompany you as you explore the Museum’s Living Conservatory and search for the two-toed sloth. Filled with tropical plants and animals, the Conservatory recreates the sights, sounds, and smells of a dry tropical forest.
  • 4th Floor, Nature Exploration Center

Arthropod Zoo

  • Don’t bug out when you see and learn about the insects, crustaceans, arachnids and other bugs that live in the Arthropod Zoo. On your way out, be sure to stop and see the magical metamorphosis of butterflies.
  • 4th Floor, Nature Exploration Center

Dermestid Colony

  • Watch a colony of dermestid beetles at work, cleaning up bones from a decomposing carcass in the window of the Earth Observation research lab.
  • Biodiversity Research Laboratory
  • 2nd Floor, Nature Research Center

Clean Up Crew Tank

  • All of the bug species in this tank play a critical role in decomposing carcasses and debris. They help return nutrients to the soil to feed the next generation of plants.
  • Diversity of Life
  • 2nd Floor, Nature Research Center

Planet Micro

  • Living microbe ecosystems and larger-than-life microbe models help tell the story of these tiny living beings in the Planet Micro exhibit.
  • 3rd Floor, Nature Research Center