This 16-foot-tall praying mantis is just one of the big bugs on display at the Morris Arboretum this spring.
The Morris Arboretum is about to be infested with ants the size of SUVs.
No, its not a cloning experiment gone bad. Rather, its the work of Long Island woodworker David Rogers, who has created 10 larger-than-life insect sculptures that will be on display at the Arboretum from April 6 to June 30.
In addition to the ants, the exhibit includes a praying mantis, a dragonfly, a honeybee and its hive, a grasshopper, an assassin bug, a ladybug and a spider with its web. Theres even a surprise in the bee sculpture: an actual working beehive, allowing visitors to catch these hard workers on the job.
The opening celebration for the exhibit, on Saturday, April 6, features a traveling bug show complete with edible insects for those interested in sampling.
DAVID ROGERS BIG BUGS: Opening celebration: 1 to 3 p.m. at the Morris Arboretum, 100 Northwestern Ave., Chestnut Hill. Admission $8, students/seniors $6, children 3 to 12 $3, children under 3/Arboretum members/PennCard holders free. Info: www.morrisarboretum.org or 215-247-5777.
Originally published on March 28, 2002