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The communications office of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin provides media with timely, accurate information about the Wildflower Center. Below are recent press releases related to Center events and to staff expertise on conservation practices, native plant gardening, nature education, and native plant resources and research findings. For more information or photos beyond those on the newsroom site, please contact:

    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

July 7, 2006

DAVID ROGERS' BIG BUGS exhibit grand opening.

EVENT: DAVID ROGERS' BIG BUGS exhibit includes eight enormous sculptures of insects-a 1,200-pound praying mantis, a 7-foot assassin bug and the biggest spider you will ever see. The exhibit is presented by H-E-B. Media sponsors are the Austin American-Statesman, KXAN, 107.1 KGSR, KUT 90.5 and Texas Highways. It is a project of the Junior League of Austin. WHEN: July 27 WHERE: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX

BACKGROUND: The DAVID ROGERS' BIG BUGS exhibit runs July 27 through November 4. The grand opening will include a special Nature Nights beginning at 6 p.m. Mike Quinn, invertebrate biologist at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will teach us about "Creepy Crawlies: Insects Working the Night Shift." Admission is $1 and free for EcoExplorers. Kids will take home a BIG BUGS for Little People activity book. Wild Ideas: The Store! will offer specials on bug toys and paint your own t-shirt: Paint-A-Kits, as well as free giveaways. Check out the Wildflower Center's Web site (www.wildflower.org) for interactive features, games and puzzles about bugs. The Wildflower Center will also host many bug-themed activities throughout the exhibit including movies every Saturday afternoon in July at 1 p.m. that are free with admission.

July 8 - Them! (NR)) July 15- Arachnophobia (PG-13) July 22- Microcosmos (G) July 29- A Bug's Life (G)

Summer Family Workshops will have a bug-themed focus including Backyard Bugs, Aquatic Insects: How Clean is Your Stream?, Insect Predators, and AKA Ninja Assassins. To learn more about these and other events at the Wildflower Center visit www.wildflower.org or call 512.232.0100.

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