[WORLDKINGS] Fascinating collections in the world (P.42) - May Natural History Museum of the Tropics, USA.


(WorldKings.org) With over 7,000 species of beautiful butterflies, moths, bizarre beetles, giant spiders, deadly scorpions and more! Known as the “Bug Museum” to many children and families around the area, the May Natural History Museum is a fun place for bug enthusiasts, scientists and anybody wanting to explore the creepy and crawly!

"They probably could last forever as long as we keep them dry," said Lynda Senko, who runs the May Natural History Museum of the Tropics along with members of her family. The exotic bugs were collected by her father and grandfather, John and James May, amateur naturalists.

Unlike some modern insect museums, which are padded with 4-D theaters and edutainment displays, the May Museum is nothing but bugs, case after case of them, presented much as they were when John May opened the place in 1952.

No magnifying glass is needed to view the stars of the May Museum. Perhaps John May wanted to convey the horror of waking in the jungle with a tarantula the size of a doughnut on his face. There are foot-and-a-half long New Guinea stick insects; Indian moths with ten-inch wingspans; beetles so massive that they "can break street lights and knock a man down if they hit him while flying," according to their exhibit.

According to coloradospringsbugmuseum.com and roadsideamerica.com

Mihan (Collect and edit) (World Records Union - WorldKings)


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