Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Webinar: Insect Adaptations, Featuring Residents of the Insect Zoo

Archived Webinar

This Zoom webinar featuring Chris Mooney, manager of the O. Orkin Insect Zoo, aired January 6, 2021, as part of the Smithsonian Science How series. Watch a recording in the player above.


Join Chris Mooney for an introduction to the residents of the O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Chris, the Insect Zoo manager, shows some of the museum's live insect collection, including Atlas beetles, milkweed bugs, walking sticks, and leafcutter ants. Chris helps even the most squeamish bug-hater appreciate insects’ special adaptations for survival.

About Smithsonian Science How

Connect your students to Smithsonian science experts in this weekly series of free live, interactive webinars. Hosted by Smithsonian educators, Smithsonian Science How will connect your students to authentic science, discoveries, and collections while inviting them to participate in live polls and ask and answer questions throughout. 

Thematically aligned with NMNH Digital School Programs, the webinars serve as excellent extension activities. Each webinar aligns with core content from the Animal Adaptions, Insect Survival, or Reefs Unleashed school programs, but is an independent experience. 

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O. Orkin Insect Zoo