Backyard Biodiversity Wild Action

Scorpions are members of the Class Arachnida, they have eight legs and two body parts and are closely related to spiders, mites and ticks.
Scientists are sure why but scorpions are fluorescent under ultraviolet light.

Millipedes are invertebrates which belong to the class Diplopoda. Derived from Greek words diplous “double” and podos “foot”. Millipedes are herbivorous and eat plant matter.

Rhino beetles are frugivores which means that they survive as adults on pollen and soft fruits. Only the male has the impressive horn.

Australian tarantulas are myglomorph ‘primitive spiders. They characteristically have two pair sof book lungs and downward pointing chelicerae.

Mantis can turn their heads 180 degrees to scan their surroundings with two large compound eyes and three other simple eyes located between them.

Giant burrowing cockroaches are one of the World’s heaviest cockroaches. They can live up to twenty years and grow to the size of a human’s hand! These beautiful giants give birth to live babies and look after their babies in a cockroach creche.

Spiny leaf stick insects belong to the Insect family Phasmatodea. Phasma is Greek for apparition....or like a ghost. These incredible invertebrates mimic a dead leaf so predators can’t detect them.

More information about this workshop

What is our Insect-a-Mania & Minibeasts program all about?

In this one-hour interactive workshop Students of all ages will be introduced to the animal’s which call Melbourne and your local area home!

The suburbs of Melbourne

We’ll also discuss the important role that each and every species plays in our fragile ecosystems, and the impact mankind has had on their populations.

How many students may participate?

An absolute maximum of thirty children may participate in this program. We pride ourselves on a quality, engaging experience. Animal welfare is paramount to us. Multiple sessions for more than 30 children can be arranged on the same day if required.

What is our curriculum focus?

  • What is an Arthropod, Insect, Myriapod, Arachnid, Annelid, Crustacean & Echinoderm? 
  • How do scientists classify and separate into Phylum’s, Classes etc.
  • Learn about their different habitats, terrestrial, aquatic, arboreal,  Subterranean.
  • Environments i.e. desert, rainforest, wetlands, woodlands, ocean.
  • What does each animal eat.  Predator/prey interrelationships
  • Food webs
  • Quirky fun facts!

What live animals should you expect to visit your classroom?

A huge selection of live INSECTS, MYRIAPODS, ARACHNIDS, ANNELIDS, CRUSTACEANS, ECHINODERMS + 2 predators. (seasonal variety dictates).

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