GRAY — “Bug Man” and retired science teacher Jon Wallace will visit the Maine Wildlife Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16.

Arthropods, commonly known as bugs, have been around since the very first animal fossils appeared more than 550 million years ago. Back then, they were the dominant animal group. They are still critical to the earth’s ecosystems and to human well-being. They pollinate most of the food, eat a lot of pests, recycle waste, make silk and provide dyes for fabrics.

They are the most numerous and varied animal group on the planet, with over 1.25 million different species and over 10 billion alive at any one time.

This exhibit will show attendees some of the world’s largest bugs and how they relate to some of the bugs they may be familiar with here in Maine. They’ll see live bugs, shed skins, fossils, insectivorous plants and have the opportunity to feel an exoskeleton.

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