Dean wanted us all to see his office after it was painted so we took the kids to NOLA. We decided to make a day of it and spent the day downtown having fun...eating....and eating...and going to the Insectarium!
We went there thinking it would be a quick in and out....we planned on hitting the aquarium too. NO CHANCE OF THAT! It took us a little over 2 hours to get through it all.
I was truly impressed with how well the exhibits were done and ended up taking 177 photos. It was hard trying to pare them down to share just a few on this post.
Throughout, they incorporated buggy stuff into the decor:
They had venus flytrap chandeliers
Pitcher plant wall sconces
Chrysalis light fixtures....
and dragonfly fans!
they included a little humor at the Dung beetle exhibit by placing it between the bathrooms! I don't know how many people saw the irony in that but I sure did! HA!
There were several interactive exhibits and a bug bakery cafe where they gave out samples..and sold food with bugs in it. Lucky for us, we ate at Superior Grill right before getting there so no one was hungry.
They had volunteers everywhere showing people bugs...here is a male Madagascar hissing roach....his back felt like plastic.....he had cute little horns. Too bad he'd be dead in my house!
In the butterfly and beetle exhibit, they used specimens to create works of art...
I was so saddened to read how many of these lovely creatures are close to extinction now due to deforestation.
Several specimens were a big as a dinner plate.
all were breathtakingly beautiful
Dean kept making Beatle jokes throughout the day....and continued on his facebook page....
The butterfly garden was the last exhibit and had all types of butterflies flying all over. I only got a few good photos in here because they were all fluttering around!
Here is my favorite...I can't believe I took it with my little camera.
These are truly more beautiful than gemstones to me. Of course, now Dean thinks he can stick a dead butterfly on the wall for our next anniversary!