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23 June 2017

Kids and big kids, it's time to buzz into Melbourne Museum for the latest international touring exhibition – the Australian premiere of Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers.

Open today until 15 October 2017, Bug Lab offers museum goers an epic adventure through the world of bugs as imagined by the creative team behind The Lord of the Rings trilogy. An exquisitely crafted exhibition, punters can discover the science of entomology and learn how these little creatures have inspired cutting-edge science and technology.

Imagined and conceived by Weta Workshop, the five time Academy Award-winning creative studio behind The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Avatarand District 9, and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in New Zealand, Bug Lab exposes the ordinarily micro world through hyper-detailed large-scale bug models and interactive experiences, activity tables and real specimens.

Featuring six large-scale bugs – Orchid Mantis, Bombardier Beetle, Jewel Wasp, Dragonfly, Japanese Honeybees and Katipō (New Zealand's most dangerous native spider) – Bug Lablifts the lid on the genius of bugs, which over millions of years have evolved to have superpower-like abilities, including camouflage, mind control, super speed, swarm intelligence and deadly venom.

The exhibition includes more than 2,000 individual pieces created by almost 200 Weta Workshop technicians over 40,000 hours of work.

Bug Lab also highlights how bugs are inspiring cutting-edge technologies such as fly-like collision-tolerant drones, nanotechnology based on butterfly wings and 3D printed objects created from silk.

Visit Melbourne Museum's website for details