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    Bugs that invade, infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human civilization are the focus of this exciting new exhibit, a companion to bestselling author Amy Stewarts new book Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleons Army and Other Diabolical Insects (Algonquin Books, May 2011).

    Steamer trunk-inspired and designed to travel, this exhibit is themed on all four sides and packed with interesting, entertaining, and thought-provoking information on humankinds relationship with bugs and the natural world. Each side features a different topic, and includes:

    Bugs in HistoryAppetite for Destruction

    The Gardeners Dirty DozenWhats Eating You?

    Colorful and informative graphics and hands-on experiences set the stage for quality, experiential learning.

    Plan a week, a month or a season of great programming and promotions with the portable Wicked Bugs exhibit. Its a great complement to a lecture series, exhibit from your permanent collection, or seasonal event. And it makes a great centerpiece all on its own, with many learning opportunities contained in one small package.

    Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleons Army and Other Diabolical Insects (Algonquin Books, May 2011). For more information, visit www.wickedbugs.com

    A Natural History Of The Dark Side Of Bugs

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    Introduction/Wicked Bugs In History

    Stories of some of the most famous and infamous bugs throughout history can be found nestled between the books in this library setting. Among the bugs that lived alongside notable figures in history, visitors will discover:

    The louse that conquered Napoleons army The flea that tortured Columbus crew Darwins deadly kissing bugs The mosquito that sickened GeorgeWashington The death-watch beetle that frightened TomSawyer

    A subtopic for this area is bookworms, those pests that devour our written history. For example, did you know that the furniture beetle very nearly consumed Albert Einsteins archive of letters at the Jewish National and University Library inIsrael?

    Take the Whats Your Symptom? quiz.

    Side Two: Our Guests Within

    As much as we try to avoid thinking about it, the human body makes a fine habitat for many bugs. And if you pay close attention, sometimes the way you feel can give you a hint of whats eating you!

    Features: Discovery Drawers Shadow Box Dioramas Historic Portraits Colorful and Informative Graphics

    (Not Shown Here)

    Do you have a stuffy nose? You might have a cold.but what if your nose was full of maggots, as one Southern California man discovered?

    Itchy skin? Ever wonder if it could be body lice? Napoleons army learned that the hard way.

    Sleepless nights? Are the bed bugs keeping you up? Travelers all over the country are wondering that right now.

    Upset stomach? What if it was tapeworms? Learn the REAL reason why good sanitation is so important!

    These and other bug invaders, from the innocuous to the deadly, have inhabited humans for millennia. The quiz is accompanied by the real-life stories of people who have found themselves occupied by an unwelcome visitor.

    Whats More Deadly? tests your bug knowledge and general squeamishness. Whats more deadly:

    A giant centipede or a tarantula? A black widow spider,

    or a mosquito? A scorpion, or a giant millipede? A tick or a bedbug? The answers may surprise you.

    Features: Discovery Drawers Flip panel interactive

    experiences (whos more deadly quiz)

    Graphics (Not Shown)

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    Side Four: Gardeners Dirty Dozen

    If only there were only twelve to worry about!

    Gardeners are known for their love of the natural world. But when insects attack their plantsor bite, sting, or simply annoyeven the most dedicated bug-lover can be put to the test.

    From cutworms that take down seedlings before theyve had a chance to root, to aphids that will suck the life right out of plants, not to mention the bites of ticks, spiders, and mosquitoesgardeners face a host of challenges in their backyard retreats.

    Flip panel reveals show visitors whats hiding under the leaf and identify gardeners most-feared and dreaded backyard visitors.

    The panels on this side will include: Cutworm Aphid Whitefly Slugs and snails Japanese beetle Tomato hornworm

    Features: Discovery Drawers Flip panel interactives Graphics (Not Shown)

    Scale Tick Spider Mosquito Biting Midge Stinging caterpillars

    What can you do? Sometimes, doing nothing is the best strategy. Select-A-Strategy interactive (TBD) presents a continuum of strategies, with emphasis on accurate identification and safety, including:

    Tolerating plant damage and understanding the role of all insects in the ecosystem

    Choosing resistant plant varieties Encouraging predatory insects Hand-picking Pheromones Sticky traps and barriers (like Japanese apple

    bags, tick traps, protective clothing) Safe, targeted sprays, if recommended by local

    experts. (Examples given will be insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, and pyrethrins)

    Features: Flip Panels Select-A-Strategy guessing game Graphics

    The Mountain Pine Beetle and its destruction of North American forests.

    The Formosan Subterranean Termite and its role in devouring the seams of the floodwalls before HurricaneKatrina.

    The corn rootworm and its remarkable ability to outsmart crop rotation.

    The Rocky Mountain Locust, which went mysteriously extinct after destroying almost 200,000 square miles of farmland.

    The boll weevil and its transformation of the Americansouth.

    Phylloxera and the near-destruction of the French wineindustry.

    Side Three: Appetite For Destruction

    They may be diminutive in size, but bugs can pack quite a punch. When it comes to crop damage, bugs like the Rocky Mountain locust have been blamed for wiping out thousands of acres in one season, slowly taking over continents, even evolving to outsmart human measures to control them.

    Appetite For Destruction explores the most extreme of these bugs, and tells tales of full scale annihilation of farmland, forests, and cities, including:

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    Target Audience

    Wicked Bugs: The PorTaBle exhiBiT is intended for a general family audience (school age children and up) and will also appeal to special interest, adult audiences.

    Wicked Bugs: The PorTaBle exhiBiT is a self-contained unit. It ships as its own crate, and is incredibly easy to set up. Once it has been put into place, the doors can be opened to reveal the complete exhibit inside.

    Dimensions

    The approximate dimensions are 4 x 4 x 6 when closed; the exhibit will require approximately 8 x 8 when opened. Additional clearance required to view all four sides; up to 12 x 12.

    Optional Author Lecture

    Stewart is a highly sought-after public speaker whose spirited lectures have inspired and entertained audiences at college campuses, corporate offices, conferences and garden shows, as well as museums, botanical gardens, bookstores, and garden clubs nationwide. To book Amy as a speaker, send an email to: publicity@amystewart.com

    RENTAL FEES AND SCHEDULES

    The PorTaBle exhiBiT is available at a weekly, monthly, or seasonal (twelve week) rate, as follows:

    $1,500 for one week $1,000 for each additional week $4,000 per month $10,000 per 12-week season

    Shipping costs vary based on your location, but are estimated at about $500 to $1500 (pro-rated).

    Insurance requirements

    Proof of liability and property insurance is required.

    Schedules

    Please contact Outhouse Exhibit Services directly for scheduling information and availability:

    Mia Schillace Nelson mia@outhouseonline.com 612/961-0782

    The Portable Exhibit In Detail

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    ART exhibitThe

    Fifteen shadow box frames are included in this exhibit, requiring a minimum of 100 running feet.

    RENTAL FEES AND SCHEDULES

    The PorTaBle exhiBiT is available at a weekly, monthly, or seasonal (twelve week) rate, as follows:

    $350 for one week $300 for each additional week $1,200 per month $3,000 per 12-week season

    Shipping costs vary based on your location.

    The Art Exhibit is a complete experience on its own. However, it is also a great complement to The PorTaBle exhiBiT. Special pricing for double bookings is available.

    Along with these musem-quality exhibits, the prints are available as a traditional art installation, with no interpretive materials accompanying them. Please contact Outhouse for information.

    The etchings that illustrate Wicked Bugs were created by briony morrow-cribbs using a copper etching technique th