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Insects Make It Big at Mosaic-Sponsored “Bugs: Outside the Box” Exhibit at The North Carolina Arboretum

The world of insects is the source of endless fascination. And while many people might not welcome the sight of a creepy-crawly critter in their home, most can appreciate the science behind bugs’ existence in our ecosystem. The North Carolina Arboretum is taking the study of insects a step further – in fact, a giant step further – with its latest exhibit, “Bugs: Outside the Box.”

Bugs Outside the Box

Tiny Creatures, Living Large

The “Bugs: Outside the Box" exhibit, sponsored in part by Mosaic Realty and running from May 25 to Sept. 8 in the Baker Exhibit Center at The North Carolina Arboretum, features an array of sculptured bugs, blown up beyond life-sized – think a butterfly with a 5-foot wingspan, or a longhorn beetle with antennae reaching more than 12 feet across. Presented at this size, the highly detailed, scientifically accurate sculptures aim to offer a uniquely different perspective on the tiny, often-overlooked creatures that populate the environment around us. 

Through the power of magnification, visitors can gain insight into the extraordinary intricacies of each insect’s physiology. Highlights of the exhibit include a 10-foot-high, rarely seen long-arm beetle, as well as a collection of armored stag beetles boasting impressive jaws and horns. Displayed alongside the giant sculptures are their life-sized counterparts, in addition to details on their habits, locations and other interesting facts. 

“Bugs: Outside the Box” is also an interactive experience, with chances to get  “hands on” in the “Build a Bug” game or the “Touch Zone,” where guests can touch giant replica insect body parts created for the exhibit! 

NC Arboretum ExhibitMosaic: Proud Supporter of The North Carolina Arboretum 

Mosaic is a longtime supporter of The North Carolina Arboretum, which is located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest just south of Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nestled amid forested coves, meandering creeks, and botanical diversity singular to the Southern Appalachian Mountains, the arboretum features multiple acres of cultivated gardens, including a bonsai exhibition garden, along with miles of shaded trails. 

For more information about “Bugs: Outside the Box,” visit And for more information on homes (minus the bugs!) in Asheville or Western N.C., please contact us at, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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