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Stick insects, spiders and beetles take centre stage

Katie Davis (left), 6, of Churchill and Alissa Brodie, 5, of Augustine Heights participate in a workshop for kids exploring the world of insects at the Environmental Education Centre in Queens Park.
Katie Davis (left), 6, of Churchill and Alissa Brodie, 5, of Augustine Heights participate in a workshop for kids exploring the world of insects at the Environmental Education Centre in Queens Park. David Nielsen

STICK insects, spiders, butterflies and beetles took centre stage at the Ipswich Environmental Education Centre yesterday.

Bugs Ed entomologist Michelle Gleeson brought a range of insects to teach holidaying Ipswich children all about bugs as part of the centre's Kids Gone Wild sessions.

While insects aren't something many parents are too keen on Ms Gleeson said younger children loved them.

"The younger the kids the more they seem to enjoy it," she said.

"Once you give a 14-year-old a bug they can freak out a bit. But the young ones especially just love it. Often it's the parents who are the most freaked out."

"Once you give a 14-year-old a bug they can freak out a bit. But the young ones especially just love it. Often it's the parents who are the most freaked out."

Ms Gleeson spoke to two sessions of children about different types of insects, how they defend themselves from birds, how they camouflage.

Ms Gleeson brought a range of insects to show off.

The Environment Education Centre will host two sessions on upcycling run by Cultiver on Thursday.

Topics:  bugs ed, kids gone wild, michelle gleeson, queens park environmental education centre


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