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Get the Big Fly Swatter

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Sure, everybody knows that back in the dinosaur days everything was bigger — but do you ever consider exactly what that means? Our pal the cockroach — that's right, dinosaurs had to deal with cockroaches under their kitchen sinks also — was more than a foot long. Can you even imagine the crunch that made when ol' T. rex hit him with a shoe? And that roach was small fry compared to the awesomely-named Brontoscorpio, who was a meter-long scorpion — that's more than three feet of hissing, stinging arthropod! No wonder the dinosaurs died out; the stress of dodging these giant creepy-crawlies would prematurely age anyone, including the terrible lizard. Now you, too, can experience the thrill of enormous insects at Jurassic Bugs, the new exhibition at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House (15193 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield; 636-530-0076 or www.butterflyhouse.org). Accurately scaled reproductions of Brontoscorpio, Arthropleura the giant millipede, Meganeura the giant dragonfly (all great names for metal bands) will be on display through Sunday, October 3. Wait till you meet Pterygotus, the ten-foot-long sea scorpion — oh, the nervous laughs you'll share. Admission is $4 to $6, and the Butterfly House is open every day except Monday.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: May 1. Continues through Oct. 3, 2010

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