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'Big Bugs' brings 21 larger-than-life animatronic bugs to the Phoenix Zoo

Posted at 5:45 PM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 20:45:10-04

Hopefully, you do not have a fear of colossal bugs, insects or spiders because more than twenty of them have invaded part of the Phoenix Zoo.

They're part of the zoo's "Big Bugs" exhibit, a temporary installation that will be on display for six months.

In all, there are 21 animatronic figurines scattered throughout the zoo's "Arizona Trail," including a 15-foot-tall Emperor Scorpion that moves its pincers, and a 21-foot-long Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula that realistically raises its front legs.

There also is a Blue-eyed Darner dragonfly, a red-tailed bumble bee, a Say's Firefly (use the crank to light its abdomen), and a Seven-spot Ladybird, and others.

They will be on display through April 28, 2019.

Last year, the zoo brought in animatronic dinosaurs, including the small-armed Tyrannosaurus rex.

Admission for "Big Bugs" is $4 for members and $5 for non-members in addition to regular zoo admission, which is $15-$25. 

Zoo hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. through Oct. 31. Starting Nov. 1, they change to 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.