Where the bugs come to you! Insektus is an MOBILE educational based insect & spider workshop presented by “Bug Man” or “Bug Lady”. We visit Pre-schools, Primary Schools, High Schools, TAFE Colleges and Universities. Our aim is to educate and stimulate not only the students we visit, but also the parents and the wider community about insects and the other invertebrates that live in our back yards, gardens, bush and sometimes even in side our homes.
Click on the above menu to discover the mysteries of bugs. Stick insects (Phasmids), giant burrowing cockroaches, bird eating spiders, scorpions, millipedes, centipedes, silk worms, caterpillars, ants, aphids, assassin bugs, bed bugs, stink bugs, bees, beetles, lice, blow flies, flies, butterflies, dragonflies, cicadas, aquatic insects, dung beetles, crickets, earwigs, fleas, grasshoppers, lace wings, moths, saw flies, termites, water bugs and many many other species.
Insects are vital to our survival and although some people may think of them as a pest, less then 4% actually are. That means their are hundreds and hundreds of insects, spiders, millipedes, scorpions, earthworms and native snails that are hard at work, living out their own lives, pollinating our plants, aerating our soil, and stopping the spread of disease.
To find out more about these fascinating creatures and their true importance, read on, look at the photographs and have a look in your own backyards to discover this truly fascinating world of bugs bugs and more bugs.
What is a Gordian Worm? It's a worm that looks like a hair!
This is a Gordian worm, they are found in various bodies of water grows in side insects and spiders then when they have finished feeding on the host, in this case a praying mantis, they emerge and go looking for water to mate and lay millions of eggs, Yes millions of eggs, luckily they do not harm us and are found all over the world. Click here for more information >>
Teachers, have an Insektus Presentation at your school today
* Pre-school/ Kindergarten
* Primary School
* High Schools/ TAFE & Universities
Details for each presentation are given by selecting the required level.
The outline given is what we usually present, where even possible we will incorporate any material or include information on a particular insect and/or spider that your class may be studying Click here for more information >>
Do you have a fear of spiders? Know Your Fear - Arachnophobia
This program is designed to help deal with and understand why we fear spiders. You are not alone contact Stephen TODAY for information that will help. Click here for more information >>
Bug Parties What else can I say! Book your bug party today!
Dear Stephen The Bug Man,
A BIG THANK YOU for making my 8th Birthday Party THE BEST PARTY I have ever had! I want to have another one but Mum said I have to wait until next year. All my friends thought it was great too and some are still talking about it. Sticky is going well and loves his eucalyptus leaves. Please pass on my thanks to The Bug Lady too.
Insektus provides a mobile service to schools and teachers which can be utilized in a number of ways; 1). As an introduction to MiniBeasts 2). Show the students a range of LIVE insects, spiders and other invertebrates that they would not normally see locally (biodiversity). & 3). Explain and demonstrate SAFETY aspects with insects, spiders & scorpions that string and bite.
Presentations are integrated and aimed at each year level (stages) and specifically adapted for pre-schools, kindergartens, primary schools and higher education. We also can run workshops, open table format for school fairs, fetes and expos with live and static displays.
Insektus also provides a range of resources, like fact sheets, hand drawn art work and photographs that can be used by teachers free of charge.
The new web site is at http://www.friendsofthephasmid.org.au this site has all the lastest information about the breeding program and activities of the friends. Insektus is to breed this rare and endangered insect, that Stephen calls the long lost Phasmid, once a number of these insects have been bred some will be used in live educational displays on Lord Howe Island, information on the breeding program will be given in educational talks to schools, environmental groups, TAFE and Universities.This is truly a fascinating creature, how did it survive for so long? Learn more about conservation issues for this endangered species. Habitats contain all kinds of creatures, including us, by studying the long lost phasmid we may discover its serect for survival and who knows what else, but what I do know is by protecting the environment in which it lives we are ensuring that all life is protected on Ball's Pyramid.The file below has information about the "Friends of the long Lost Phasmid Inc. and a membership application form. We are at present a small group, dedicated to the breeding of the LHI stick insect and the wider meaning this could have for conservation, biodiversity and all threatened species; whether it is a bird or even an insect. I will be building a new web site especially for the Friends and doing more educational shows for school kids, also I have put up two new photos, the first shows the lastest LHI Phasmid, hatched on the 21 August 2006 and the second is the housing. I would also like to ask if anyone has the time to volunteer some help with the web site or in the office or if your interested in giving talks- please contact us as your help would be greatly appreciated. Click Here for more information >>