Bug Exhibit at Dorr Museum in Bar Harbor 

Bugs have taken over the Dorr Museum at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor.As Meghan Hayward tells us, this exhibit is surprising some folks.”Well this exhibit is called a Bug’s World and it was created by students in a class called Curiosity and Wonder.”The exhibit explores the life of bugs in water and on land.But also their relationship with people.”They really wanted to focus on the interaction of insects with people and so we have a number of exhibits that are about the ways humans use insects and the way humans see insects in folklore and film.”A popular stop at the exhibit is the tank that houses Madagascar hissing cockroaches.”They’re really great to have in a museum because they are really friendly and they can’t bite. They’re really big and we can take them out and let the kids handle them.”A part of the exhibit is called Bugs on the Market.Musuem Manager Carrie Graham says the student who created it decided to make a mock-up of a general store.” All the items at the store are made out of insects or by insects. So there is honey, beeswax and silk. Which most people don’t know about”Graham says folks often don’t like bugs but, she says the exhibit is surprising people and making them change their minds. ” I think when people are able to get up and close with insects and learn a little bit about their behavior and maybe interact with the Madagascar cockroaches, their attitude toward insects really change.”The exhibit will run through the fifth of June.The museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5.