Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts: Mini-beasts & Mini-worlds


Did you know most mini-beasts are invertebrates or 'animals without backbones'? This workshop introduces students to a diverse range of LIVE and preserved mini-beasts highlighting their special adaptations and intricate roles in food chains and food webs within our fragile environment. Which ones are harmful? Which ones make good classroom pets? Questions about everything entomological will be answered!

 In this workshop, we look closely at mini-beasts and their:

  • Basic classification and different body parts and structures

  • Movement

  • Defence against predators

  • Shelters and habitats

  • Life cycles and mating strategies

  • Feeding techniques

  • Food chains and food webs

  • Communities and colonies

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.

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