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Insect Zoo Comes to Naperville

Kids had a chance to get up close and personal with some creepy crawlies.

Anderson’s Pest Solutions brought an insect zoo to the DuPage Children’s Museum, giving kids and their parents the opportunity to check out and even hold a bunch of bugs.

“Most children actually respond in a very positive manner,” said Mark Mayer, curator of the insect zoo, “They’re eager to explore the insect; most of them want to handle them or at least touch them.”

Insects on display ranged from Madagascar hissing cockroaches and death feigning beetles to giant vinegaroons and millipedes. The event was a little scary for some, but a cool learning experience for others.

“The millipede can burrow itself down into the sand to make burrows,” said Samantha Smitherman, proudly displaying her newfound knowledge, “And when it rains and their home gets watered it comes back up like ants.”

The insect zoo comes back to the DuPage Children’s Museum this September.

Naperville News 17’s Blane Erwin reports.


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