Bugtopia: Larger than Life

Something is buzzing in Tampa...

February 25 - April 30, 2023

Girl looking up as giant dragonfly flies over her head

An invasion of epic proportions! Giant larger-than-life BUGS are coming to ZooTampa. This family-friendly event will feature 13 species of animatronic bugs that will amaze and educate guests in fun and unique ways.

Opening Weekend Dates and Events:

Member Previews:
  • Friday, February 24 - 9:30am-5pm
  • Saturday, February 25 - 9am-12pm
  • Sunday, February 26 - 9am-12pm

ZooTampa Membership

This event is free with admission to the Zoo. Get the best value out of your ZooTampa experience by upgrading to a membership so you can visit again and again at no additional cost.


Travel to Bugtopia

Join in the Adventure

You will shrink down and be immersed in BUGTOPIA, the fantastic world of animals that skitter, crawl, and fly. Join professor Mo Alexander and his research assistants as they explore the important and fascinating role these tiny creatures have on the preservation of the world we share.

Learn Along the Way

Learn about the amazing insects we share our world with and how they benefit our ecosystem, from tiny ladybugs to dazzling dragonflies. See these larger-than-life creatures in a new and unique way.

Giant Bugs Featured:

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  • Black Ant
  • Blue-Eyed Darner
  • Bombardier Beetle
  • Devil's Flower Mantis
  • Emperor Scorpion
  • Grasshopper
  • Madagascar Sunset Moth
  • Mexican Redknee Tarantula
  • Orb Web Spider - Cross Orb Weaver
  • Red-Tailed Bumblebee
  • Say's Firefly
  • Seven Spotted Ladybug
  • Stag Beetle