Visiting an insectarium isn't a typical travel activity.
But as anyone who’s lived in Sub-Sahara Africa will tell you, there are some days when you’d happily take on a lion or two just to gain a respite from the bugs and this was especially true for me. The pinnacle of my bug battle came during my second week in Malawi. I stepped into the concrete shower and pulled the folded plastic curtain over to cover the opening. Nestled into the moist folds was the largest cockroach I’d ever seen and the rapid motion of snapping the shower curtain back had enough momentum to launch him onto my chest!!!
Looking to become a better person – or at the very least a more confident traveler – I visited the Insectarium at the Montreal Botanical Garden. It was a fascinating experience! I was amazed at the incredible array of beetles, moths, and butterflies on display. Their beautiful colors and markings were truly stunning. So far, so good – but it’s easy to be generous and forgiving when the bugs are so pretty.
Most fascinating of all were the LIVE residents of the insectarium – yes, there were creepy-crawlies a plenty! Fortunately, they were sturdily secured in their respected habitats with no threat of escape. My favourite were the insects with excellent camouflage abilities. We had a great time distinguishing bug from branch and it was neat to see them melt into their surroundings (and a little disturbing too – what other camouflaging skills might conceal them nearby?)
As always, I welcome and encourage your comments. Have you ever done something to step outside of your comfort zone when you've traveled?
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My tour was free as part of a visit with Montreal Tourism. This did not affect my review and all opinions remain my own.