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Exhibition: Exotic Insects

Location: Museum of Natural History (Sibiu, Cetății Street, no.1)
Duration: 25.11.2016 – 20.03.2017
Curator: Gabriela Cuzepan-Bebeșelea

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The exhibition Exotic Insects presents several species of beetles and butterflies preserved in the Natural History Museum of Sibiu, the exotic Entomological Collection. Some of the exhibited species come from the collector Wilhelm Weber. The Weber collection was acquired by the museum in 1971. This remarkable material is the result of 20 years of exchanges with other collectors, personal collecting trips in various countries or by growing butterfly’s eggs. Weber was known for his patience and thoroughness in growing the butterfly’s species. In his collection different species stand out through their shape and color, as a result of his work towards collecting the most attractive and representative specimens from several exotic butterfly families.
The exhibition displays 56 exotic species of beetles and butterflies from South America, North America, Africa, Australia and Asia. Different aspects from the life of the species are depicted as: behavior, morphology and distribution in the world. Several species standout such as: Goliath beetles – some of the biggest beetles in the world, Hercules beetle – the longest beetle form the Rhinoceros beetle group, Sabertooth Longhorn beetle and Darwin’s beetle – currently considered as vulnerable species, the White Witch moth – the moth with the largest wingspan in the world, Edward’s Atlas Moth – the largest Asian moth, the butterfly D'Urville's Birdwing (Ornithoptera priamus urvillianus) – endemic species, the Morpho genus butterflies, one of them being the Sunset Morpho – the largest butterfly of the genus Morpho.
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