Keeping Bugs Alive!

27 February, 2008

Bugs alive
Bugs Alive! A Guide to Keeping Australian Invertebrates
Source: MV

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.

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Linda Rogan 6 April, 2010 15:16
A couple of weeks ago, I collected a Callipappus rubiginosus female in a plastic jar. A few days ago I noticed an orange substance loose in the jar and today when I finally got around to examining this under a disecting scope I find it is made up of many tiny 6 legged creatures, obviously the young of Callipappus rubiginosus. Having never seen the adult male, I am wondering whether or not I could raise some up for a later photograph and inspection. Are you able to advise me on this?
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Discovery Centre 7 April, 2010 15:25

Hi, Linda. Unfortunately our Live Exhibits staff do not have professional experience with this particular species. However, you may be interested in the information available at this website. Good luck!

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Camron 23 August, 2013 03:58
Hi, my grandparents found a insect( dark brown, long intenas, pinchers, and 6 legs) could you guys help me to see how to treat it and find out more about them
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Discovery Centre 23 August, 2013 13:45
Hi Camron, there are of thousands of different species of insect in Australia. To try and tell you what it is and if it poses any problems for you we would need to see either a specimen of the insect or some good quality images. Please see this link for information on identifications.