Insect Adventures!

Last Saturday Professor Jonathan Majer took a group of bug enthusiasts for a walk through the corridor and talked all things ‘invertebrates’ – that’s animals without a backbone!

He demonstrated different techniques of catching insects and participants got to have a go at sweeping nets and shaking branches, which produced a surprising variety of creatures, from microscopic mites to giant grasshoppers.

Participants at ‘Insects Adventures’ workshop. Professor Jonathan Majer in yellow/blue.

Both kids and adults were captivated when discovering all the fascinating details of their new, many-legged friends under the microscopes.

Participants also learnt about the important role insects play in the ecosystem, from providing food for animals such the many birds or the endangered Southern brown bandicoots that live in the corridor, to breaking down dead plant material.