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Attack of the Bloodsuckers

Exhibit on view: May 23, 2013 - September 8, 2013

Stinky feet can make you more attractive — to a hungry mosquito, that is! Visitors explored the science of what’s eating them at Cape Fear Museum with Attack of the Bloodsuckers!.

Attack of the Bloodsuckers! discovered the biological wonders of sanguinivores — creatures that eat blood — through hands-on activities and vibrant graphics. Visitors sat on a giant inflatable tick, spin their way through the mosquito’s life cycle, examined their own veins and the bodies of bloodsuckers with scientific instruments, and played a bloodsucker matching game. As Museum Director Ruth Haas explained, “This exhibit explored the science of sanguinivores in a fun and interactive way.”

Attack of the Bloodsuckers! explained why mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, leeches, and other parasites are important to our ecosystem. And our guests got helpful hints for avoiding these sometimes annoying creatures.

Attack of the Bloodsuckers! is produced by the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative and made possible by grants from Jane’s Trust, Cabot Family Charitable Trust, and the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Additional support provided by Corning Foundation, Landfall Foundation, and International Paper.

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