If you're a little squeamish about beetles and roaches, you might want to give the bug-shape building in the middle of the Espace pour la Vie Jardin Botanique (Space for Life Botanical Garden) a pass, but kids especially seem to love it. Considered one of the largest insect museums in North America, with more than 250,000 insects in the collection, the little creatures are either mounted or behind panes of glass thick enough to minimize the shudder factor—a
good thing when you're looking at a tree roach the size of a wrestler's thumb. There is, however, a room full of free-flying butterflies, and in February and May the Insectarium releases thousands of butterflies and moths into the Jardin Botanique's main greenhouse. At varying times during the year the Insectarium brings in chefs to prepare such delicacies as deep-fried bumblebees and chocolate-dipped locusts—protein-rich treats that most adults find highly resistible. The Insectarium Metamorphosis project, launched in 2014, will enlarge and renovate the facility and is expected to be completed by 2017.
4581 rue Sherbrooke Est, Montréal, Québec, H1X 2B2, Canada
Dec 21, 2004
One for Insects. It doesn't sound like much. We wandered in because we were visiting the botanical garden. But I'm glad we went. The "Walking Stick" exhibit alone was worth the admission (we had fun trying to spot the sticklike creatures in their branch habitat). If your afraid of insects, don't worry - this isn't a hands on exhibit. The insects are live, but they are behind thick glass. It's a wonderful way to teach children about the diversity
of a little known but important part of our world, or to learn about it yourself.