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May Natural History Museum

May Natural History Museum

Bug Museum

Decades old insects have been crawling uphill for decades at the May Natural History Museum. The museum has had five generations of the museum to be involved with the running of the museum. Tuesday, May 15, 2017.  Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Thousands of decades-old insects still looks like they were caught yesterday are on display at the May Natural History Museum. The museum is better known to locals as the "bug museum". A grandmother and grandson peer into one of the many cases filled with all sizes of moths, katydids, locusts, butterflies, spiders and many, many unique bugs at the museum on Tuesday, May 15, 2017.  Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Five generations of the May family have been involved in the running of May Natural History Museum. Anyone who has driven down Hwy. 115 would have a hard time not seeing the giant Hercules beetle at the entrance. Louise Steer (front) is the daughter of the founder of the museum, John May. Her children, R.J. Steer, Carrie York and Diana Fruh (left to right, back row) have recently taken the reins of running the museum.  Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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A large Hercules beetle (foreground), the same bug as the giant model of a bug on Hwy. 115. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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The May Natural History Museum has been educating tourists and locals for years.  Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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This Goliath Beetle is 111 years old. It is one of the largest insects on earth and can measure to over 4 inches in length. The beetle is one of the insects on display at the May Museum of Natural History. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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A specimen of a translucent butterfly from 1930 is on display at the Mays Natural History Museum. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Mays Museum of Natural History display Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Mays Museum of Natural History display Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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A large stick insect from Australia from 1945. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Mays Museum of Natural History display Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Colorful beetles from India and South Africa. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Although most of the insects on display at the May Museum of Natural History are from exotic places, this tarantula wasp from Red Rock Canyon was captured in 1952. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Translucent butterflies from the Rio Seco River and South Amazon River in South America are hard to catch. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Colorful winged locusts from South America. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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A 1930 specimen of moth from India. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Shielded grasshopper from New Guinea in 1947 Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Mays Museum of Natural History display Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Poseidon Orn, sometimes called a birdwinged butterfly, from New Guinea Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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The lower insect is a Cicada (17 year locust) from 1945 and the upper insects are wasps that kill the cicadas. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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A color from Rio Seco in South America in 1947. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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A collection of mostly Sawyer Beetles Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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The Great Shielded Grasshopper (center) from New Guinea in 1939. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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A colorful butterfly from Madagascar from 1948. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Tens of thousands of butterflies and other insects are in storage at the May Museum of Natural History, with not enough space to display them all. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Tens of thousands of butterflies and other insects are in storage at the May Museum of Natural History, with not enough space to display them all. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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A neotropical butterfly collection from the Upper Amazon. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Many of the thousands of bugs are in storage and some haven't been opened since they arrived decades ago. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Tens of thousands of insects are in storage in old film cans at the May Museum of Natural History, with not enough space to display them all. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Swallowtails from the 1930's and 1940's. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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An Erebrus Strix moth from South America in 1929 Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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A large stick insect from New Guinea. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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