FAQs

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What is an Insectarium?

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An Insectarium is a museum or exhibit that keeps and displays live and mounted insects for educational, scientific and research purposes.

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How many insects are there in the world?

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Lots! And we're not kidding! It has long been recognized and documented that insects are the most diverse group of organisms in the world. According to the Encyclopedia Smithsonian: "Insects also probably have the largest biomass of the terrestrial animals. At any time, it is estimated that there are some 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) individual insects alive".

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Are Spiders Dangerous?

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There are over 40,000 species of spiders in the world. Only a very few have venom strong enough to kill humans (https://www.britannica.com/list/9-of-the-worlds-deadliest-spiders). Having said that, spiders rarely bite humans. Almost all spiders produce venom and use it to paralyze their prey and then... enjoy their meal. Any spiders that you come across in Canada are likely not dangerous. There are only two types of North American spiders that have dangerous bites – the recluse spider and the black widow spider- found mainly in Southern areas of North America. Spiders are, in generally, helpful to people as they help control the insect population. However, some people can develop symptoms of allergies to spiders.