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Discover our insects

At the Insectarium, you can see millipedes, arthropods of the myriapod group.
Photo: Espace pour la vie/Mélanie Dusseault
A family is observing a millipede in the Great Vivarium of the Insectarium.
  • A family is observing a millipede in the Great Vivarium of the Insectarium.
  • A millipede in the Great Vivarium of the Insectarium
  • A boy is observing insects in one of the vivariums of the Tête-à-tête room.
  • Naturalized insects in the Insectarium Dome
  • A young boy is looking at a showcase full of naturalized insects.

The Insectarium de Montréal offers a dazzling diversity of insects,
whether live or naturalized, and visitors will be able to observe spectacular species
in all their glory in our different areas.

Insects that are very much alive…

By way of unique encounters with live insects, visitors are exposed to their beauty and their diversity, and just as importantly their importance for the environment. Immersion is immediate, whether in the Tête-à-tête hall’s vivariums or in the Grand Vivarium, where the insects are unconfined or only partly confined. Spectacular featured species, rarely observed before, have been carefully chosen for visitors’ delight.

The choice of insects

The species presented at the Insectarium meet strict selection criteria. The teams work closely with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to secure the permits needed for importing those species.

The ethical aspect is every bit as important in the choice of insects. Sourcing must not have an impact on natural populations, and species for which the development of independent rearing is possible are preferred. It’s also important to avoid breeding greater numbers of individuals than can be showcased. The way in which they’re presented must take their well-being into account.

The presentation of insects taken from the wild occurs exclusively when there are no other options, and only for species whose populations are doing well. The choice of suppliers moreover is based on their ethical practices and, where applicable, on their involvement in preserving natural habitats in the country where they operate.

…or in showcases

The Insectarium de Montréal’s naturalized insects are exhibited in a unique way in the Dôme. The technicians have developed a presentation method without apparent pins that produces a magnificent effect.

The showcases pay tribute to the diversity of insects and exhibit the adaptations of the entomological world that have given birth to that diversity. Before this gallery, we become aware of the variations in species’ shapes, colors and sizes.

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