Who is "Bug Man' an entomologist named Stephen J FellenbergStephen has been interested in insects and other invertebrates from a very young age. He fondly remembers collecting cicadas, grasshoppers and dragonflies when he was only eight years old. Insektus was started in 1992. Over the following years while aquiring various skills in busniess and entomology, Stephen developed various presentations which he and his team present to students at pre-schools, primary schools, secondary schools, TAFE and universities.
Bug show at Singleton Library NSW
Stephen performed voluntary work at the Australian Museum pinning flies (diptera) and bugs (hymenoptera), and sorting the stick insect (phasmid) collection while obtaining an Associate Diploma in Biological Techniques at the Sydney Institute of Technology.
Then working as a laboratory assistant with the Centre For Entomological Research in Insecticide Technology (CERIT) at UNSW, Stephen bred sheep blowflies to look at the resistance of pesticides. This background has equipped him with the basic knowledge to continue his own research and his development of educational programs.
Stephen has completed an Entomological Technical Training Course held at CSIRO in Canberra. He has also completed a short course on the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). Stephen has also attained a certificate in Adult Education from NSW TAFE.
In Stephen’s spare time he has assisted the National Parks Association (NPA) as a team leader on biodiversity surveys which were conducted in a range of NSW nature reserves in order to have the statuses of these reserves reviewed. The surveys involved taking a small group of volunteers and showing them how to collect insects by hand using butterfly nets, sweeping nets, light traps and various other techniques of collecting and identifying invertebrates. Reports were produced and compiled along with the results from other environmental disciplines such as reptiles, plants and mammals.
Light Trap for collecting beetles and moths at night
Stephen's main focus of research is on the Order of insects known as stick insects (phasmids). Stephen has discovered a number of new distributions in the Campbelltown (NSW) area for phasmids species.
At present Stephen is breeding the world's most critically endangered insect that he calls the “The Long Lost Phasmid” of which there are less than one hundred or so individuals left in the wild. An expedition team which Stephen was part of rediscovered these Critically Endangered Phasmids in February 2001 on Ball's Pyramid, near Lord Howe Island.
Stephen holding the next generation of the Long Lost PhasmidMore information can be found about The Friends of The Long Lost Phasmid Inc. on their website: wwwfriendsofthephasmid.org.au
This year (2015) Stephen completed an Advanced Diploma of Applied Environmental Management course at Ryde TAFE with distinction, covering the following topics (Manage Fauna Populations; Ecology; Manage fauna populations; Implement principles and practices of ecologically sustainable development; Develop a monitoring, evaluation and reporting program; Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability; Contribute to environmental decision making; Map, interpret and communicate features of the natural landscape using various media; Direct environmental projects; Undertake an environmental assessment; Relate the business environment to the achievement of sustainable outcomes; Environmental Advice to Clients and Plan River Restoration).
Stephen is also a member of the following Entomological Groups:
When Stephen is not studing the phasmids or collecting other bugs, he is at the Campbelltown Martial Arts Centre (www.hapkidobjj.com).
Stephen's highest rank to date is 4th degree black belt in Hapkido and Blue belt (2nd purple stripe) in Brazilian Jiu jitsu (BJJ). He is quoted as saying “The training keeps me fit and I love teaching.”
I hope you enjoy your bug adventures. See you again soon.
Bug Ya Later
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