While in New Orleans this past weekend I had the opportunity to meet the PR rep for the Audubon Nature Institute and she invited The Niche Mommy attendees to visit one of their parks.
- Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
- Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
- Audubon Zoo
Jenn (MyBoysAndTheirToys.com) and I decided to visit the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. I’m not sure what I thought I was going to see but it definitely didn’t include creepy crawly bugs (which I hate), lol.
Boy, was I wrong!
We saw foot long centipede, 5″ cockroaches, Athletic Ants (I don’t know…), and so many other bugs that I hope I never come in contact with again.
Audubon Buttefly Garden and Insectarium, located in the U.S. Custom House on Canal Street, encourages you to use all five senses as you explore North America’s largest museum devoted to insects and their relatives. You’ll discover why insects are the building blocks of all life on our planet and along the way, you’ll be shrunk to bug size; wander through a mysterious Louisiana swamp; join the active audience of an awards show for bugs, by bugs; and be captivated by thousands of butterflies in an Asian garden.
Here are a few of my favorites from the day.
A moth? I’m sure it has some technical name but I can’t remember.
The Harlequin Beetle - The Harlequin Beetle is a large tropical beetle with a variegated pattern of black, red, and yellow markings. Besides its pattern, this beetle is known for its extremely long forelegs which only the males possess.
Horn Beetle. This is a male. Females don’t have the long horns.
Ladybugs. Not sure why they were all grouped up like that but I love them.
Alligator. I named him Sammy.
This guy? Yeah NO THANKS!
Then, finally, after I fully felt like bugs were crawling all over me, we reached the free flight butterfly area!
We had such a great time at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. I wish we had more time because the Aquarium and Zoo would have probably been fun as well.
Disclosure: I was invited as media to the Audubon Nature Institute . No other monetary compensation was received. All opinions are my own.