Rare Blue Beauties from the Bayou Arrive at Audubon Insectarium

2010-03-09

 

RARE BLUE BEAUTIES FROM THE BAYOU NOW ON EXHIBIT AT
AUDUBON INSECTARIUM
March 9th, 2010                                                                                                                 New Orleans, LA
‘Tis the season for crawfish in South Louisiana, but you won’t find Audubon Insectarium’s newest residents at any backyard boil – because they’re blue! Audubon Insectarium invites everyone to see these incredible, rare, blue beauties.
 
These critters are so rare that researchers say only one out every 10,000 crawfish harvested in Louisiana are blue and that’s why these crawfish at Audubon Insectarium are so special.
 
Blue crawfish happen to be the same species of crawfish one might enjoy at a local crawfish boil, known as Red Swamp Crawfish. The blue crawfish can be seen in the Diversity Gallery underneath the large scale model of a blue crawfish.
 
“Since the blue crawfish are so rare, it is great to have them at our facility for visitors to be able to see and learn about an animal that is such a part of the New Orleans culture,” says Jayme Necaise, Director of Animals and Visitor Programs at Audubon Insectarium.
 
Audubon Insectarium is the largest free-standing museum of its kind in the United States and represents 900,000 species of insects and their relatives.  Audubon Insectarium is located at 423 Canal Street, inside the U.S. Custom House. Visitors can see these rare crawfish along with all the other residents Tuesday through Sunday from 10am till 5pm. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children (2-12), $12 for seniors (65+) and just $5 for Audubon Nature Institute members.
 
The not-for-profit Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans operates ten parks and museums dedicated to Celebrating the Wonders of Nature. For more information about Audubon Nature Institute, its public attractions, and conservation efforts, please visit www.AudubonInstitute.org.
 
For pictures of the new exhibit, click here.
 
Media Contact: Meghan Calhoun
                                Audubon Nature Institute
                                (504) 378-2693
                                mcalhoun@auduboninstitute.org