Journey to a world where insects RULE!
"A Rainforest Adventure: Bugs! in 3D"
invades IMAX March 1
Tenn. (Feb. 11, 2004)—Imagine a six-story-tall green mantis.
He swivels his head around, locks eyes with you, raises his
forelegs in attack posture – and STRIKES! Although the
mantis has the starring role in the newest IMAX 3D film at the
Tennessee Aquarium, he shares the screen with butterflies, scorpions,
tarantulas, lizards and bats that skitter across the IMAX screen
– some magnified 250,000 times their normal size.
Rainforest Adventure: Bugs in 3D” opens March 1 at the
Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater. Check www.tnaqua.org
or call 800-262-0695 for show times.
sounds like a film with a high fear factor, but it’s more
cool than creepy,” said Julia Gregory, Aquarium educator,
entomologist and “Big Bug” of the Aquarium’s
Bug Club. “The whole family will be ‘buzzing’
the extraordinary world of insects, the film gives audiences
a bug’s eye-view of the lifecycles of a mantis and a butterfly,
from their births to their inevitable encounter when predator
meets its prey.
are essential to life on Earth,” said Gregory. “They
pollinate plants, build soil, feed other animals and recycle
waste. By managing life and death, they are the true caretakers
of the natural world. Besides all that, they’re just plain
fact, one square mile of rainforest contains as many insects
as there are people on Earth, she added. And 75 percent of the
world’s insects live in the rainforests.
than 40 tropical rainforest insects are featured in “Bugs!”
The audience will meet a host of insects that inhabit the rich,
green and humid world of the Borneo jungle.
addition to viewing the birth of hundreds of praying mantises,
the audience will see a caterpillar hatch from a single tiny
egg to metamorphose into a butterfly; and watch as a praying
mantis snaps up a fly for dinner. Other creatures featured in
the film include: leaf cutter ants that consume 20 percent of
the rainforest’s leaves; rhino beetles battling for the
favors of a female; a trilobite beetle hiding his tiny head
under armor plating; a scale bug disguised as a ball of fluff;
an orchid mantis that resembles the flower; and a thorn bug,
identical to a thorn.
Aquarium’s Bug Club currently has openings for children
12 and older who love fascinating multi-legged creatures. Members
meet once a month on the third Thursday and includes a T-shirt,
monthly newsletter, field trips and 4-H opportunities. For more
information about Bug Club, call 423-785-4054.
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