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Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium needs help getting wings
Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium

Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium needs help getting wings

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Insects just got sexy – at least the arthropods featured in the new “Baby Got Wings/I Like Big Bugs” video that is part of a crowd funding campaign for the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium.

After years of planning and offering educational programs, the organization is in the final stages before opening its insectarium at 218 E. Front St. in mid- to late-May.

The video is a parody of “Baby Got Back,” and in it several arthropods ask donors to give the insectarium project “wings.”

Executive director and founder Jen Marangelo said the goal is a $25,000 boost, which will help cover operational expenses and expand educational programs. A match will be given for the first $5,000 raised.

Already, people have been supportive of and interested in the project and have donated time and skills to make the 20-aquarium insectarium a reality, Marangelo said.

“It’s amazing the way people have supported us and they’re excited for this,” she said.

Ultimately, the vision is to have a butterfly house as well as the insectarium, Marangelo said.

In the meantime, though, the insectarium will feature some adult butterflies that people can watch emerge in the window of the center's USDA containment facility.

Although the insectarium will feature insects from around the world, native species also are part of the lineup, Marangelo said.

Just because insects are native to Montana, doesn’t mean that people have seen them before, she said, adding that people usually don’t notice insects unless they’re bugging them.

“I think people are going to have the opportunity to see things they wouldn’t normally see,” she said.

For example, the insectarium will feature an emperor scorpion, as well as scorpions from eastern Montana.

Ultimately, the mission is simple.

“We want to inspire people to want to go out and learn more,” Marangelo said.

For more information about the funding campaign and upcoming camps and other public events, find the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium at or on Facebook.

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