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While the Insect Zoo at the Museum of Natural History was being renovated this summer, museumgoers were deprived of some of the Smithsonian’s most bizarre spectacles: 4-inch-long cockroaches, 7-inch-long Hercules beetles, tail-less whip scorpions, and—best of all—daily 10:30 a.m. tarantula feedings. The Insect Zoo reopened in September with new exhibits, and if you are more fascinated than scared by our chitinous neighbors, you can learn more about the new zoo from program manager Nathan Erwin’s talk “Arthropod Appreciation: Crickets, Children, and Change at the Smithsonian’s Insect Zoo.” At 10:40 a.m. at the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th & Constitution Ave. NW. $5-8. (202) 357-3030. (David Plotz)