Giant bugs are such a terrifying idea that they actually have their own apocalyptic film subgenre. Throw ''robotics'' into the mix and you have ''Backyard Monsters: The World of Insects
'' (the educational exhibit for the whole family, not a 1950s sci-fi flick). The bugs are the products of Garner Holt Productions, who have more than 30 years in the animatronics game. These insect creations offer visitors a chance to see the normally minute workings of these animals in mind-blowing proportions. A monarch butterfly on display sports a 19-foot wingspan, more than the ancient sky titan Quetzalcoatlus. Visitors get a chance to actually control the massive metal constructs, including a gigantic praying mantis. There's also an impressive display of regular-sized insects and arachnids to see and learn about, a station that allows you to look through the compound eyes of a bug, and a chance to master the flight of insects with radio controlled flyers. Plenty of creepy, crawly fun.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Through September 2. The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr. For information, call 713-521-1515 or visit mhms.org.
Mondays-Sundays. Starts: March 9. Continues through Sept. 2, 2013