Insects have roamed our planet for nearly 400 million years. During this time, they have colonised every corner of our globe and can utilise food sources and habitats that remain unattainable to other organisms.
But what makes insects truly remarkable is the complex relationships they form with other organisms. From mind controlling fungi that infect ants and make them do their bidding to blood sucking lice that cling to the flippers of seals in freezing Antarctic seas.
Like any good television soap opera there is murder, betrayal, promiscuity and manipulation in this miniature civilisation. This workshop will give you a closer look at insects and their complicated relationships.
Days of Our Hives, the Wonderful World of Bugs
9am to 11am
23 Nov 2019
I am the director, co-founder and SE Queensland presenter for Bugs Ed. I was captivated by insects from an early age, and a brief frisking by my parents would usually turn up an array of critters in my pockets. I was around eight when I decided to become an entomologist when I was older.
I completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Entomology at the University of Queensland and later went on to receive first class Honours in Entomology. I have recently been appointed as an Adjunct Industry Fellow at the University of Queensland.
My current work includes outreach programs in remote schools, development of practical lab sessions to introduce secondary school students to Biological Sciences at UQ and various field research projects. I have also been a member of the Australian Entromological Society and the Richmond Birdwing Recover Network. I’ve always wanted to share my love of insects with people, especially children; it reminds me of my own childhood fascination. In January 2003, together with Anthony and Katie Hiller of the Mount Glorious Biological Centre, we developed a range of hands-on insect workshops and thus founded Bugs Ed. In December 2009, Michelle had the amazing experience of working with wildlife guru Sir David Attenborough during his trip down under to film his latest series. The pair spent the day at Australia Zoo, wrangling rhinoceros beetles alongside D.J., a 2 tonne African Rhino!
Yandina Community Gardens, Yandina
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