First it was killer spiders in "Arachnophobia." Then a threatening tarantula in "Home Alone." Now come preying death's-head moths in "Silence of the Lambs."
"People have a real fear of insects and Hollywood doesn't help," said Arthur Evans, director of a traveling insect museum that will visit the Los Cerritos Center as part of a monthlong Celebrate Mother Earth festival.
"Most people see bugs at the end of a spray can so they tend to have this bias against them," Evans said. "Our goal is to dispel the myths." Evans brings his herd of spiders, scorpions, tarantulas and other assorted furry and fanged arachnids, insects and arthropods to the mall for a, believe it or not, hands-on exhibit.
He will join dozens of other exhibitors for Celebrate Mother Earth, an effort to make the public more environmentally conscious. The exhibits include a full-scale re-creation of natural habitats--complete with a live bear, eagle and monkey--to show the human threat to wildlife.