Let’s get one thing out of the way first, and that is what do we mean by ‘bug’? The entomologists among you will know that bug is a name applied to just one insect order (Hemiptera). However, we’re using the word in the colloquial sense and that covers animals like insects, spiders, centipedes and other multi-legged creepy crawlies.
So what is the exhibition about? It’s a celebration of the genius of bugs. That doesn’t mean bugs are going to win Nobel prizes in literature or physics any time soon, but they’ve been around for hundreds of millions of years and have developed some extraordinary capabilities in that time. There is a lot we humans can learn from the bugs for our own benefit and in Bug Lab the bugs are allowing us a glimpse into that world.