Very soon, you will be able to see some of the most interesting and colorful animals in the brand new Bug House, located near the entrance to the Children’s Zoo.

bugzFollowing eight months of construction, the Bug House will soon open its doors and we are sure it will be a guest favorite! Adjoining the new wombat exhibit, the Bug House will feature twenty-five custom display cases housing miniature marvels assembled from around the world, as well as from right here in Texas! Children and adults alike will be fascinated by the colorful beetles, centipedes, millipedes, stick insects, giant katydids, tarantulas, domino roaches,  grasshoppers, leaf cutter ants, and even scorpions.

bug houseInsects and spiders are the most numerous and arguably the most diverse of all animals on our planet. There are more than a million species of insects and spiders, representing more than half of all known living organisms. Insects perform vital roles in the ecosystems they inhabit, such as decomposition (clean up), food production, silk production, and as a food source for other animals. In addition, pollinating insects are important for plant reproduction and crop production. Spiders prey on insects and help to control the populations of pest insects that have the potential to create widespread destruction of crops.

We can’t wait to show you these amazing creatures! Stay tuned for our opening day announcement! Check out some amazing bug facts below.

Bugs by the Numbers

  • There are 1.5 billion insects for every human.
  • Nearly a quarter of all living multi-cellular organisms are beetles.
  • Ants can lift and carry more than 50 times their own weight.
  • Dragonflies can fly 50-60 mph.
  • A cockroach can live for nine days without its head.
  • The strongest animal in the world is the rhinoceros beetle. It can lift 850 times its own weight.
  • The world’s termites outweigh the world’s humans 10 to 1.
  • There are about as many species of just ants as there are of all species of birds combined (about 8,800).
  • Honeybees need to travel an average of 43,000 miles to collect enough nectar to make a pound of honey.
  • The mantis is the only animal that can turn its head 360 degrees.