Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts: Life Cycles and Changes in our World


This workshop looks at various cycles in our world including:


  • Life cycles of animals, in particular mini-beasts

  • Life cycles of plants, including pollination, seasonal changes, germination etc.

  • The Seasons; and how they affect our environments and living things.

  • Day and Night; how life can vary depending on time of day.

  • The Tides; how they affect living things along the shoreline

  • Other animal cycles such as skin shedding, moulting, growth and changes in body structure over time (evolution) etc.

  • Food chains, food webs and the cycles of survival.


We use live and preserved mini-beasts and biofacts to describe how “cycles” are applicable in almost every form of life on this planet. Are they nocturnal or diurnal? Do they lay eggs or have live young? Who eats who? What happens to animals after they die? How long do they live? How do the seasons affect animals and plants?

Students are given an exciting hands-on experience with a variety of live harmless creatures, preserved specimens and biofacts. At every workshop, we  exhibit a wide variety of live invertebrate mini-beasts including various large and colourful species of stick insects, giant burrowing cockroaches, preying mantis, millipedes, centipedes, crickets, mealworms, scorpions, spiders, beetles and more and allow supervised handling of harmless mini-beasts and over 200 preserved biofacts including embedded and dried insects, shells, starfish, corals, sponges, sea urchin, eggs, egg cases, skins, wings, cocoons etc. For this workshop, we also bring seeds, seed pods, flowers, birds nests and other related biofacts.

Jacqui Love, the presenter, has over 20 years experience in this field, including 10 years as a keeper at Taronga Zoo. This program was the recipient of the Frater Award for Excellence within the NSW DET Performances for Schools Program in 2004 and 2006.

Each session includes a 1 hour interactive demonstration + 20min Hands-on Discovery session per class. Formats are flexible however.

This organisation won the PinS Award in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017

Cost per person: 


Min cost/audience:

Min $500 / 50 students for Sydney Metro Area

School years suitable: 

K - 12


Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts


Jacqui Love


(02) 4787 6362