Tonawanda News

Features

October 27, 2013

New permanent studio at Buffalo Museum of Science features invertebrates

BUFFALO — If you’re afraid of creatures with six, eight or even hundreds of legs, you might want to stay away from the Buffalo Museum of Science’s latest permanent science studio, Bug Works.

The studio, which launched Oct. 14, is all about the invertebrate world, from live tarantulas and pinned specimens of beautiful, iridescent butterflies to buzzing bee habitats.

“It’s dedicated to a conversation about the invertebrates in our world ... organisms that don’t have a spine,” said museum CEO Mark Mortenson.

Bug Works is the museum’s fourth in a series of eight planned revamped science studios. The facility has opened one studio every six months since spring 2012 and the project should be completed in the fall of 2015.

Mortenson said the newest addition to the studio overhaul is a credit to the museum’s extensive invertebrate collection, which was previously housed on the fourth floor.

“It’s one of our large collection areas,” he said, explaining why the museum chose to highlight bugs. Also, “bugs are a very popular topic, though with some people, they’re not popular at all,” he added, with a laugh.

Upon entering the Bug Works studio, guests are greeted with what Mortenson describes as the most “artful” element of the exhibit, a “Bug Works” sign made up of about 1,500 of preserved butterflies of all colors and other assorted bugs. The museum staff painstakingly took each individually bagged bug, allowed its body to relax into its natural shape and pinned it into the shape of the letters to make up the sign.

And while there are thousands of dead bug specimens on view in the studio, a few live ones are on display for those who really like the creepy crawlies. From feigning beetles and millipedes to hissing cockroaches and tarantulas, visitors can see how a variety of bugs move and even blend in with their natural environment. From time to time, museum staff will even walk the floor of the studio, bug in hand, so that visitors can get an up-close view.

Text Only
Features
  • SUN LIFE meals on wheels 1 070614.jpg Volunteers on wheels

    Walking into the North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels offices one recent Friday morning, the air is full of the scent of baking ... fresh banana muffins prepared by kitchen staff, destined to be delivered to those who receive meals through the organization.

    A sign hangs on the wall nearby: “Volunteers do not get paid NOT because they are worthless, BUT because they are priceless.”

    July 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE taste of buffalo 1 070614.jpg Time for the Taste

    It’s a Western New York tradition.

    And when the 31st Taste of Buffalo — the largest two-day food festival in the country — takes place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 13 in downtown Buffalo, a number of Niagara Region restaurants will be there to take part.

    July 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - SUN LIFE double trouble 2014.jpg DOUBLE TROUBLE: A WNY summer: Old favorites, new chances

    Ah, summer. There’s no time quite like it in Western New York (or anywhere else, probably) for the contradiction of busy vs. bored. Like many other families, we’re kept hopping as the weekends fill with family events, plans and other obligations — and at other times, the cries of “I’m bored!” start nearly as soon as the last day of school ends.

    July 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - critter companions RGB CRITTER COMPANIONS: Getting back to basics

    Having a full set of tools in your toolbox is essential. You can use a screwdriver to pound in nails, but a hammer would be a better tool for the job.

    Just like carpentry, animal training using operant conditioning has many different tools. And choosing the correct one is essential.

    July 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE kidneytransplant 062214.jpg A new lease on life

    June 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • CRIB NOTES: It's not win or lose ... it's how you change the rules

    June 30, 2014

  • DOUBLE TROUBLE: Achieving a milestone of geek parenthood

    It’s probably no surprise that my husband and I, both science-fiction geeks in our own right, are doing our best to raise two little geeks. For the most part, I’d say, we are succeeding admirably.

    June 30, 2014

  • sig - critter companions RGB And three make eight

    I hope everyone had at least half as much fun as I did at this year’s Dog Days of Kenmore, which would mean that I had twice as much fun as you. I met a lot of new pooches and people and it was another great, popular event.

    June 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - critter companions RGB A summer hodgepodge

    I was recently asked by a columnist at Farm Show Magazine what my biggest tip for training chickens is.

    June 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - critter companions RGB CRITTER COMPANIONS: Bringing home work

    Every year when the summer comes around, I think about internships.

    June 30, 2014 1 Photo