Have you ever seen a blood-sucking tick up really close? What about an insect with 10,000 eyeballs? Did you know that cockroaches have brains on their backsides?
These are some of the weird but interesting facts shared with the students of Caloundra Christian College during a visit this week by scientist and naturist Phillip Green.
Mr Green shared his interesting “Ugly Bugs” presentation – including magnified photos of unusual creatures, a power point presentation, information leaflets and insect displays – with around 200 students at the school, from Prep through to Year Seven.
“He really got the kids involved,” said teacher Wendy Anderson. “Insects and bugs and nature; he gets the children interested in insect life.”
Mr Green mentioned to the students that he does lots of exploring with his family, which he called his NIT – Nature Investigation Team.
He also took the students outside where he placed a “shake sheet” around a tree before shaking it, so the students could help him identify and analyse the important insect life at the college.
The Nexus Arts “Ugly Bugs” event aimed to spur on the imagination and pique the interest of students in the fascinating insect world.