Tootled off today to the “world famous” Museum of Entomology"…
The good news is that it’s easy to find with a nice brown sign pointing the way. It was however, less less than spectacular, old and running to decay, paint peeling and a general feeling of mustiness and disrepair.
They did have a large collection of insects from aroung the world, including all the requisite enormous rhino beetles, moths, and assorted foot long thingies (all seeming to be found in either Malaysia or Australia). A few spiders, scorpions and something that was curled up and looked like the creature that leapt out of the guys chest in “Alien”. The displays are pretty old, some dating from the early 1940’s!
I turned up and was given a personal tour of the whole lot by a really informative keeper/entomologist (I was the only visitor there!). The staff were friendly and the keeper chappie was most knowledgable and proud of the collection.
The outdoor free flying butterfly cages were lovely, lots of bushes and foliage with plenty of butterflies. Judging by what was flapping and fluttering in the cages, Taiwan has a large and colorful butterfly population.
All in all a little run down but the collection was rather large, albeit a tad long in the tooth. I’m taking my class there in a few weeks, so I’ll see if it is as appealing for the younger ones.
By the way I got the pins…