What's in the Bag?

The inhabitants of The Big Bug Bag come from an extensive collection:

  • 5 species of stick insect; among them are some of the giants of the insect world (more than 1ft long!)
  • Beautiful leaf insects; stunningly camouflaged
  • 3 species of giant cockroach (“Arthur” the Madagascan Hissing Cockroach is often the star of the show!)
  • 3 species of praying mantis, one of the most alien looking of the insects
  • A number of beetle species; beautiful, and some impressively large
  • Leaf-like katydids and twig-like horse head grasshoppers
  • Assassin bugs; ruthless killers
  • Giant millipedes; nature's recyclers!

There is also a selection of arachnids for the children to see:

  • There is something that really fascinates the children about Ethel and Daisy, the tarantulas, however creepy they might find them.
  • Julian, the vinegaroon is an animal that most people have never even heard of. But once the children have met him, they will never forget him!
  • Martin, the whip spider is an amazing animal; he seems to be a strange cross between a spider and a scorpion. Whip Spiders are gentle and harmless, but are feared wherever they are found. Their strange appearance has given then film star status… a Whip Spider appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Caterpillars, Moths and other creepy crawlies are sometimes available; I am always looking for new beasties.

Horsehead Grasshopper

Striped Love Beetle

Hissing Cockroach