Attack of the Bloodsuckers

It's the science of what's biting you!

May 31 to September 7, 2014

Explore the science of what's biting you in this skin-crawling exhibition. Examine the what, why, when and how of mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, leeches and other parasites. Learn why bloodsuckers are important to the ecosystem and how to keep them out of your system!

  • Look a real leech in the mouth;
  • Test your bug-appealing foot odor;
  • Spin your way through a mosquito's life cycle;
  • Receive a big hug from a giant, inflating tick;
  • Get itchy and knotty with a life-size game of "Twitcher"!

Hands-on and interactive for a family audience, this exhibition will give visitors an opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of blood-feeding parasites. Discover the biological wonders of the beasties that bite you through encounters with live species and interactive exhibits.

With more than a dozen interactive stations to explore, the entire exhibit was designed especially for families. There are many facts and features to spark conversation, such as why stinky feet attract mosquitoes, and other cool facts about the parasites that most of us would rather swat than get to know better.

The incredible biodiversity of bloodsuckers is sure to amaze and impress. While we can't guarantee you'll want to make friends with these critters, you're sure to respect them after experiencing Attack of the Bloodsuckers! This exhibition is part of the Museum's renewed focus on the natural sciences, helping people discover the natural world right outside your door.