Bugs Alive! A Guide to Keeping Australian Invertebrates
An exciting new book has just been published by Museum Victoria.
Written by Live Exhibits staff Alan Henderson, Jessie Sinclair and Deanna Henderson, Bugs Alive! A Guide to Keeping Australian Invertebrates is the first of its kind. It covers everything you could ever want to know about keeping more than 90 species of Australia’s most fascinating terrestrial invertebrates.
This is a unique publication, as previously available guides only covered the care of overseas species. It is also timely, as keeping invertebrates is becoming very popular throughout Australia – you can now buy them in pet shops!
The book includes individual care guides which explain how to keep over 90 species. Bugs from tropical rainforests to our own backyards are covered, each with a husbandry rating indicating the level of difficulty involved. Four detailed chapters focus on feeding invertebrates, housing them, keeping them healthy, and creating great displays.
Years of experience in keeping these small animals has gone into this publication; the Live Exhibits Unit has kept well over 200 species. Many of these invertebrates had never before been kept, making the museum the leading researchers in this field in Australia. This live invertebrate experience resides nowhere else in Australia.
Bugs Alive! A Guide to Keeping Australian Invertebrates is aimed at a wide audience including children, school teachers, hobbyists and professionals - from beginners through to seasoned bug keepers. It is available now in the Museum Shop.
The new Finders Keepers kit is also available from the Museum Shops at Melbourne Museum and Scienceworks, with all the materials necessary to help teachers and first time bug keepers to set up live displays and learn more about these fascinating creatures.