“Twice Bitten: Robotic Insects and Live Tarantulas” at Pink Palace 

The Pink Palace's "Twice Bitten" exhibit spills outside the door of the exhibition space and into the museum. To the right of the door, a giant animatronic mosquito head looks hungrily down at a piece of magnified skin. With the push of a button, the bloodsucker goes into action, dipping its needle and catheter mouth parts into the victim. Two kids were making the mosquito bite over and over again, and their shouted response to the mosquito's meal is a fair summary of the "Twice Bitten" experience: "Ooh gross! Awesome!"

click to enlarge “Twice Bitten: Robotic Insects and Live Tarantulas” at the Pink Palace
  • “Twice Bitten: Robotic Insects and Live Tarantulas” at the Pink Palace
click to enlarge werec_tarantula.jpg

"Twice Bitten: Robotic Insects and Live Tarantulas" delivers exactly what the title promises. The dark hall with its massive robotic bugs and projected spider webs feels like the most educational attraction on a carnival midway. Like something out of a Godzilla feature, a monster locust leaps out over visitors and spread its wings. A pair of armored Atlas beatles attack one another with their huge, antler-like protrusions. A car-sized caterpillar ooches along, and a praying mantis threatens to bite some heads. And speaking of heads, the magnified faces of a honey bee and a dragonfly give visitors a closeup look at how these bugs eat.

The deeper one wanders into the exhibit the hairier things become. The exhibit's live tarantula component lets visitors get up close with a diverse selection of fur-covered spiders ranging from the Goliath Birdeater to the docile Mexican Redknee and the adorable Pinktoe tarantula.

Upping the ick-factor, there's a black widow, too. So gross. So awesome.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Blogs

Hungry Memphis

Relevant Roasters To Become French Truck Coffee

News Blog

Bike Share Demos Happening This Week

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

Music Video Monday: Frenchie

From My Seat

Politics = Sports = Politics

Politics Beat Blog

Al Franken Addresses the Tennessee Delegation: DNC 2016

Fly On The Wall Blog

Donald the Great

Politics Beat Blog

Trump's Acceptance Address Aimed Beyond the GOP Base

Politics Beat Blog

A Temporary Truce Among Republicans

ADVERTISEMENT

More by Chris Davis

Readers also liked…

ADVERTISEMENT
© 1996-2016

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation