After our awesome tour of the Butterfly Garden at the Selvatura Park at MonteVerde, Costa Rica, we walked over to the guided tour of the Insect Museum. The thought of being amidst a collection of once alive insects, might send an unpleasant feeling through your system, but if you will set that aside and walk into this museum, you will be fascinated as I was.
You don’t have to be an entomologist to study the decent range of insects here. Omg, the collection was just out of this world…..such an orderly display of exquisite insects in every imaginable color, shape, and design from different parts of the world.
Maybe some of you already know this, but it was here I learned about scarab beetles and their relationship to an ancient civilization.
These were a very important, sacred symbol of Ancient Egyptians, and amulets or good luck charms in the form of scarab beetles were worn by both Pharaohs and by the common man.
Ok, what’s this, I thought we were done with butterflies!! Now, we have more of them but this time instead of floating around, they were silently reflecting their beauty off the walls of the museum, even after life had passed on.
The infinite wonders of nature, big and small, never fails to blow me away. I am always awestruck with how living things camouflage in their surrounding. Imagine, going hiking in the wild, and you pick up a twig and suddenly, it starts twitching in your hand. Is it your imagination or is it for real? What would you reaction be in the split of a second, when you realize it is a stick insect? That would make for a nice candid picture!! Now, check these out, are these dried leaves or camouflaging moths?
As I was walking around the museum , I suddenly felt sorry for all these creatures. How do you justify killing of these stunning little arthropods?
Read the museum’s notice on the right. Probably the entomologist was right, if not, how would we even know there was a whole different world of small creepy crawlies?
We won’t argue the right and wrong about the concept of insect museums, but hope you have been inspired to stop and observe nature more closely. And for now, I will take a break and see you in my next post on the thrillers at Selvatura Park.