On show until October 15, Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers is a co-production between New Zealand museum Te Papa and special effects company Weta Workshop.
Te Papa entomologist Dr Phil Sirvid said the show was "a celebration of the genius of bugs".
Here's four freaky insect facts from the exhibition.
Dragonflies out-hunt lions
Lions may be kings of the jungle, but they are amateur hunters compared to dragonflies, Dr Sirvid said.
"A lion hunting on its own gets its dinner about one time in five; dragonflies, typically, it's 95 out of 100."