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1st and 2nd July
I’ve just spent two days at Riverview Junior School in Gravesend with four Yr 5 classes. Apparently they were ‘buzzing’ after visiting the bugs, according to one teacher! Lots of the children had a moth or two on their noses, one boy had an egg laid on his lip, another boy got ‘pooped’ on by the Sun Beetle, so all in all it was a great visit! Lots of children ‘got it’ when I was explaining about the difference between venomous and poisonous which was good. One boy did a silent scream with hands trembling every time he held a bug, but still came back for more, so well done! Had a great time, thanks for inviting me, hope to come back soon!
29th June
Today I was at the Stelling Minnis Windmill School Fair. Extremely hot and very busy, even before it opened, so I didn’t get much time to take photos! I met at least four children who had invited me to their birthday parties in the past and the favourite cry of the day was “You came into my school!” I met so many children who had seen the bugs in their school this year it was unbelievable! Any way, had a great, but very hot day, even in the shade of the trees, a big thank you to the organisers for looking after me and the bugs!
27th June
Today I visited Pilgrims Way Primary School in Canterbury to visit the Reception class.  Lots of little brave bug-huggers many of whom had a moth on the nose, and one girl who held every bug that she could and her eyes lit up every time!  Two ladies came in halfway through my presentation with a camera and Dictaphone and started taking photos.  I assumed it was for a new school website but no, I was wrong!  They were from Turkey and comparing the education systems in the two countries.  Anyway they loved the bugs so much they stayed for the next presentation so they could see it all.  They said it made a change from just seeing Maths and English!  Very friendly school and staff, so thanks for inviting me!
26th June
Today I paid a return visit to Kings Farm Primary School in Gravesend to visit two Year 5 classes.  One girl had such a vivid imagination but I can’t remember what she said as the comments were endless, but one that stuck in my mind when asked why the Scorpion glows in the dark was “it broke into a nuclear facility and ate Plutonium which made it’s blood glow, it then wiped this all over its body!”  This is why I love my work!  This visit was for their ‘Beast Creator’ topic and I dare say she won’t have any trouble creating a magical beast!  After my visit last year the TA who loved the stick insects, which she mentioned to her mum, so she bought some stick insects for a surprise Christmas present!  Thanks for inviting me back again, very friendly staff and delicious school dinner! 
25th June
Today I paid a return visit to Blean Primary School to visit two Reception classes.  Just when you think you’ve heard it all…, when shown a picture of a Centipede eating something the children were asked what they thought it was, one boy said “Cucumber” – it’s actually a Bat!  When shown the heaviest Stick Insect in the world and asked what they thought it was one girl said “Toucan”.  Never ceases to amaze me what they come out with.  Thanks for inviting me back again, very friendly staff and delicious school dinner!
22nd June
I was invitied to Leon’s Birthday Party today as he loves bugs! He actually held all of them that he could, most of which he enjoyed, apart from the ‘pooping’ Sun Beetle! After a quick couple of bug games and delicious chocolate cake it was time to go unfortunately, but thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
19th June
Today I was invitied to Tots 2 Teens Nursery in Lydden. I met lots of brave toddlers and a few not so brave staff, although a couple did actually hold a bug or two. Couldn’t get them to eat a meal-worm though, although a few of the toddlers wanted to try one! One girl who was only about four knew the answers to some of the bug questions so well done – shocked me a bit! Thanks for inviting me, had a great time, friendly staff and children!
18th June
Felicity loves her bugs, she’s also very keen on snakes! I was invited to bring my bugs along to Felicity’s birthday party as she now loves bugs more than snakes (hopefully!). Felicity wanted to hold all of the bugs, sometimes more than once, twice, or even three times, such is her love of bugs and she’s only four years old! I loved the look of concentration on her face everytime she held one – magical! After her friends had left Felicity and her sisters had another hold and I had a job to get out of the door! After a few bug games and making a few butterflies, Dragonflies etc to keep it was sadly time to leave, but thanks for inviting me and I’m sure Felicity will keep up her love of bugs for her lifetime!
8th June
The lull before the storm! Set up at Brockhill Countryside Park today waiting for the hoards to arrive! It started with a slow trickle and by mid-afternoon I was swamped by bug-huggers! Good to see many of my old friends who I’ve done birthday parties for over the years, including one boy who has had me to two of his parties! Youngest customer was about 18 months old who stroked a few bugs, so well done! A lot of the adults wouldn’t come near the bugs which was a shame, but the kids loved them!
30th May
On Thursday I was at Brogdale, home of the National Fruit Collection. Lots of bug-huggers again including plenty of bug-hugging toddlers, most of whom were very gentle, but one bent the Stick Insect through a right-angle but it survived after I prised his fingers open! Star of the day was a young girl who was so polite and kept raising her hand to ask a question or tell me an interesting insect fact! At the end of the day she came back with Granny with a multi-coloured pipe-cleaner Scorpion she had made me especially for me for showing her the bugs, so that made my day! Next Beastie Day is October so get booking!
29th May
On Wednesday I was at Millbrook Garden Centre in Gravesend where I met even more bug-lovers, including one boy who I met at his school about a month ago and it all came flooding back! He has loads of Fruit Beetles, Sun Beetles, Millipedes and even Crabs as pets, so well done, keep it up! Busy day but good fun, thanks for inviting me.
28th May
I had a very busy week last week and am still playing catch-up! On Tuesday I was at the Romney Marsh Visitors Centre for the Kent Wildlife Trust. Met lots of keen bug-huggers including over-enthusiastic toddlers, who once learnt the art of stroking and holding the bugs calmed down a treat! Thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
26th May
I first met Rocky at his school and he absolutely loves bugs! Even his Mum didn’t know that! A lot of his classmates also love bugs, and even some of the adults were very brave and held a few, doesn’t normally happen, so well done! Even Rocky’s younger sister was a bit wary of the bugs at first, but was soon holding them all, including a moth with her nose! After a few bug games I got the art department out where they all loved making some bugs to take home, then sadly it was time to leave! Had a great time so thanks for inviting me, hope to see you all again!
24th May
Had a very busy day today at Culverstone Green Primary School where I was visited by the whole school, 210 children in total! Due to time constraints I couldn’t spend enough time as I would have liked with each class but they got a quick look and hold of the bugs! Many had a moth on their noses, and there were quite a few bug experts amongst them who knew all the answers to the questions, which was good! Afterwards they were asked by their teachers what they had remembered, and it was good to see that they had picked up a lot of information including the difference between venomous and poisonous! Thanks for inviting me, had a great day, very friendly staff and children!
22nd May
I paid another return visit to Chattenden Primary School today. I feel like part of the furniture I’ve been going here for so long! I always visit the Reception class, but the older children all come and have a look at the bugs, and even some Year 5 children still remember them from when they were in Reception which was really good! Most of the Reception children held a bug or two and most had a moth on their noses which caused a lot of laughter! Afterwards one of their teachers held ‘Millie’ the Millipede and her face was a picture as she tried to stifle her screams! Of course I see the older children every time so they feel like family and they’ve all got their favourite bug and remember all about them. Had a great day, thanks for inviting me back again, hope to see you all again!
19th May
Drop Redoubt, Day two! Another busy day, lots of bug-hugging going on in the afternoon, and at one point I was up to my neck in children who wanted to hug a bug! Star of the day was one young girl who was asked when she came in if she wanted to hold a bug to which she replied “I don’t like bugs”! After a bit of gentle persuasion she held ‘Millie’ the Millipede and after that there was no stopping her, she held them all! After that she was telling all the children about the bugs and what they do and how to hold them. Eventually she made herself a badge on the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership’s table which read: ‘Love Insects, don’t be afraid!’ Made my day! Of course all of this wouldn’t have been possible without all the hard working volunteers, from Marshals to cake makers, from reenactors to organisers, not forgetting Plassey the Tiger! Thanks for all of your hard work it is appreciated!
18th May
Had a busy day today at the Drop Redoubt in Dover, so didn’t get a lot of time to take photos. Met loads of bug-huggers though, including Jason Salkey as Rifleman, later Sergeant, Harris in the TV series Sharpe! I was very flattered as a young boy asked for his autograph and then said “can I have yours as well”, so my lowly autograph is next to Jason’s on this boy’s coveted publicity leaflet! Day two tomorrow so come along for some fun and learn lots about days gone by!
16th May
Today I paid a return visit to Cliffe Woods School to visit two Yr 1 classes. They asked lots of interesting questions, which was good. There were lots of moths on noses, and one even laid an egg up a Teaching Assistant’s nostril! A couple of bugs made a dash for freedom ending up on a child’s body but they sat still and didn’t panic, which was really good! Thanks for inviting me back again, and also the delicious school dinner!
15th May
On Wednesday I paid a return visit to the Yr 1 class at Mersham Primary School near Ashford. There were lots of keen bug-huggers and lots of moths on noses. ‘Katie’ the Katydid did something she has never done before, she put her head down and thrust her bottom in the air, and when I remarked “I don’t know what she’s doing” and older Yr 5 boy said “she’s ‘twerking” which made everybody laugh including me! Thanks for inviting me back again, had a great time!
8th May
Today I paid a return visit to Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School in Sidcup to show my bugs to two Y5 classes. The children were very excited and there were even a couple of boys who were bug experts, so knew all of the answers to my questions. There were lots of moths on noses, and lots of squeals, especially when the Giant Atlas Moth flew off! I explained the difference between venomous and poisonous which the children soon picked up, and to see if they were paying attention I asked why the Centipede can’t climb up the glass tank, and one girl said it’s because it’s not an insect so therefore doesn’t have ‘Velcro’ on its feet! 10 out of 10! Had a great day, very well behaved children, and thanks for the delicious school dinner!
7th May
Had a busy week so far. Today I visited St. George’s C of E Foundation School in Broadstairs and showed my bugs to two Y2 classes. The children asked some very good questions, some of which I’ve never been asked before, which was good. One girl even ate a Meal-worm, as her mum was in the room and gave her permission! The children were very well behaved and the staff couldn’t do more to make me feel at home, so thanks for inviting me, had a great day and also thanks for the delicious school dinner!
4th May
I had a very busy morning at Hythe Library today. Over 70 children and their adults came to see my bugs and listen to bug stories in another room. I was so busy in fact that I never had time to take any photos! However there was a photographer from Barratt Homes who took loads so I’m hoping to share them in the near future. Highlight of the session was when one young girl came in with her younger sister and would not touch a bug. After gentle persuasion from her mum and me she held ‘Millie’ the Millipede, followed by a small moth. Eventually she put it on her nose as did her small sister. She then held the Giant Atlas Moth, which took a lot of bravery. After a quick storyteller visit she came back and did it all again. She told me that last summer on a school trip, they were in a field and lots of butterflies were flying around, and she was terrified one was going to land on her. I told her that now she doesn’t have to be scared if she sees a butterfly in the future, as she held all of those big moths, and she should be very proud of herself! Moral of the story, expose children to bugs at an early age so they can grow up without fear of them! Thanks to Barratt Homes who organised the event and for inviting me, and also to the friendly library staff!
2nd May
I paid a return visit to Aldington Messy Playgroup yesterday and met lots of bug-hugging toddlers and their adults. Some adults weren’t that brave but put a brave face on so as not to scare their toddlers, but one mum jumped so violently on seeing my dead Tarantula that she nearly knocked me over, and then jumped again when I got ‘Millie’ the Millipede out! I’m back again in June to see if I can sway a few parents away from their fears!
1st May
I paid another return visit to Beaver Green Primary School in Ashford today. I met two Reception classes, some of whom were very brave and some not so! Comments on different bugs when asked what the children thought they were ranged from Crocodile (Jungle Nymph), Worm, Snake (Millipede), Frog (Leaf Insect), Kung fu Panda (Praying Mantis), Crab (Scorpion), Spider (Stick Insect) and a host of other very imaginative ideas! Had a great day, thanks for inviting me and also for the delicious roast diner! I couldn’t convince the children that I had laid on roast bugs for lunch as much as I tried, and one member of staff braved the Millipede and commented “I don’t like that!” But another member of staff ate a Meal-worm and agreed it was quite tasty!
28th April
Viktor loves bugs, in fact he’s got his own pet Tarantula and Scorpion! Viktor loved holding the bugs apart from the Sun Beetle which ‘pooped’ on his hand as you can see from the photos! When I asked “what was your favourite bug”, Viktor replied “all of them!”, and I said “that’s the right answer!” There was just enough time after the bugs and food to make a few Butterflies and Spiders to keep, so thanks for inviting me, had a great time, and delicious Birthday cake as well!
26th April
I spent a few hours today at the Smeeth Play Club, an after school club run by KENT PLAY CLUBS. I met lots of bug-lovers and bug-huggers so had a great time. Couldn’t get any of the adults to hold a bug, or eat one for that matter although a lot of the children wanted to! Some of the children were already ‘experts’ in all things bug, so it was a pleasure to meet them all! Very friendly staff and children so thanks for inviting me!
25th April
Yesterday I paid a return visit to Wincheap Primary School in Canterbury. My last visit was only a month ago for Year 2, but this time I came to visit two Year 5 classes who are doing ‘Beast Creator’ for their topic, and also classification. They were very excited because some of them had younger siblings in Year 2 so knew what to expect! Lots of them had a moth on their noses and they also asked some interesting questions. Their faces were also a picture when I showed them the photo of what I had laid on for school dinners today! Thanks for the school dinner, which wasn’t fried bugs unfortunately! Had a great day! Thanks for inviting me back again.
24th April
Had a busy week so far! On Wednesday I paid a return visit to Churchill Primary School in Hawkinge to see two Year 2 classes with my bugs. They were all very over-excited and asked some interesting questions such as “do Centipedes fart?”, and other such questions! Their faces were a picture when I showed them a photo of a plate of fried insects which I told them I had laid on for their school dinner especially for today! Thanks for inviting me back again and also for the lovely school dinner which was actually roast meat and not bugs!
16th April
I was invited to do another Personal Bug Session yesterday. Six keen children most of whom I’ve met before a few times, in some cases lots of times! They were mostly very brave and held all of the bugs. When I asked a three year-old what the bug I was holding was she said “stick”, well it did look like a stick, it was actually my Horsehead Grasshopper which looks just like a dead stick! After the bugs it was time to make a few butterflies and spiders to keep, then sadly time to go home. Had a great time thanks for inviting me!
14th April
I was invited to Harry’s Bug Session yesterday which he chose as a late Birthday present. I was met by six very excited children who could hardly contain themselves! Most of them held a bug or two, but some were put off by talk of ‘poo’ and ‘wee’, which some of my bugs are inclined to do! After a few games and the art department it was sadly time to leave, but thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
13th April
Because Faye loves bugs so much I was recommended to Faye’s mum by a friend of hers, whose party I was invited to a few months ago for her daughter! Faye knew so much about bugs which was impressive and held them all! Her favourite was ‘Millie’ the Millipede. It was a bit of a ‘poo-fest’ as everything seemed to want to poop! The Madagascan Moon Moths, the Sun Beetle and even ‘Millie’ joined in, but it didn’t put Faye or her friends off too much. Faye’s younger sister said that she wants a bug party for her birthday which made my day! After a few games it was time to make a few butterflies and spiders to take home, then sadly it was time to leave, but thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
11th April
I paid a return visit last night to the 1st Cheriton Cubs to show my bugs to the other half of the pack that I didn’t meet last week. There were lots of brave Cubs and a few who weren’t so brave. Quite a few had already eaten a Meal-worm, Cricket or other delicious bug for their jungle trial! Unfortunately because my African and Madagascan Moon Moths had only hatched the night before they both did ‘woopsies’ in peoples hands and left quite large puddles on the floor! This fluid is of course Meconium and not strickly poo! Thanks for inviting me back, had a great time!
4th April
I paid a visit to the 1st Cheriton Cubs in Folkestone last night – actually only half the pack as the other half were at Pets at Home learning about furry creatures. My less furry creatures caused a stir! Introducing Fred, Bert and Sid my Hissing Cockroaches one boy asked how I can tell the difference between them, to which my answer was “they are all my babies and I kiss them all goodnight!” “You don’t kiss that do you?”, to which I replied by kissing Fred the Hissing Cockroach! Later on the same boy asked “why insects are so creepy?”, so I replied by kissing Delilah my Spiny Devil and said “they aren’t, they are cute and cuddly!” I don’t think I convinced him though! Anyway, had a great time, thanks for inviting me and I’ll be back next week for round 2!
27th March
I paid a return visit to Brampton Primary School in Bexleyheath today. In the morning I was visited by 40 Reception children. One girl said “ah she’s beautiful” when shown ‘Katy’ the Katydid. In the afternoon I was visited by 50 Year 2 children. When I said “you need to become scientists when you grow up so you could study Scorpions and tell me why the glow under UV light” to which one girl said “I thought I wanted to be a scientist when I grew up, but now I want to be just like you because I love bugs and I think they are awesome!” Brought a tear to my eye! I left the teacher some Eri Silkmoth larvae so they can raise them in the classroom and watch them spin their cocoons, so hopefully they will survive! Had a great day, thanks for inviting me back again!
24th March
Take a look at a video of some of my bugs made by Garath Whyte local wildlife film-maker, follow this link:  https://vimeo.com/325234442
23rd March
I first met Lucas last year at a friends birthday party, and again at the Brogdale Beastie Day.  Lucas loves bugs so much that he invited me to his birthday party.  He held all of the bugs that he was allowed to hold and even had a moth on his nose, but it did make his eyes water as can be seen from the photos!  After a couple of games it was sadly time to go but I had a great time so thanks for inviting me!
22nd March
I visited Frittenden Primary School today with my bugs. I met 100 excited children who mostly loved my bugs. One girl made my day when she said “Wow! That’s the most amazing animal I have ever seen!” She was of course referring to my Horse-head Grasshopper, so I said “Nobody has ever said that about ‘Horsey’ before, so you have made her day!” The little girl was only five years old! Another girl with special needs who couldn’t sit still, actually held a couple of bugs very gently and even had a moth on her nose, she also knew that Stick Insects can re-grow their legs when they lose one, so I was amazed! Thanks for inviting me, had a great day and thanks also for the school dinner which was delicious!
20th March
I paid a visit to the 2nd Walmer Brownies and Rainbows this evening.  I’d met quite a few of them at their schools last year. Some of the girls loved the bugs, some didn’t and wouldn’t hold any but they still had a good look!  One Brownie said “I’m scared” every time before she put her hands out to hold a bug, I said “what are you scared of?” to which she replied “I hate insects” but she still forced herself to hold them all so well done!  A Rainbow said on being shown the green and yellow Leaf Insects, “are they a boy and a girl?” to which I replied “no they’re both girls, just different colour forms of the same insect”.  I couldn’t get anybody to eat a Meal-worm even though I showed them a photo of a plate of fried insects that they’ll all be eating in a few years time!  Had a great time, thanks for inviting me!
12th March
Just received an envelope containing 30 thank-you letters from Year 2 at Ramsgate Holy Trinity Primary School after my visit the other day! Too many comments to print here unfortunately, but here are a few:
“I loved the glow in the dark scorpion”.
“I was a bit nervous when I first came in but then just wanted to get into it. The first one I seemed to like and they felt like nothing I had ever touched before”.
“I’ loved having the moth on my nose”.
“I loved the way the Millipede’s legs tickled my hand”.
“Can’t wait to see the bugs again, please come back soon”.
“I was really nervous seeing the bugs but I loved having the moth on my nose”.
“I have never seen a bug man better than you, thank you, thank you for putting a moth on my nose”.
“It was fascinating that the Scorpion could glow, and the colour of it”.
“I was very nervous when I saw the Scorpion! I hope the bugs don’t tickle you in bed at night”.
“My favourite bug was the Caterplillar, it was so soft and squishy and so cute”.
So there you have it, you don’t realise at the time what effect bugs have on children by being able to hold and touch them – much better than a video game or looking at a photo! The favourite bug seemed to be the Scorpion followed by the moth, and everybody wanted me to come back again with the bugs! I’d like to thank the school for taking the time to send the letters, and the children for writing them, much appreciated!
10th March
I was invited to Noah’s Birthday Party today.  I’ve met Noah a few times before at various events and Noah and his younger brother both love bugs and held them all!  Most of Noah’s friends also held all that they could.  The adults made a wonderful job of wrapping themselves up in ‘cocoons’ for the ‘cocoon game’ and lots of moths got ‘eaten by the bat in the ‘Bat and Moth Game’, after that it was just enough time to make a few butterflies to take home!  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
7th March
I spent this morning with the children at the Dawes Community Childcare nursery at Hernhill near Faversham. They were split into two groups girls versus boys to find out who were the braver of the two groups. The girls started, as my visit was kindly paid for by one of the girls’ mothers whose birthday it was today! I first met her when she was a one year old and she loved my bugs. She hasn’t changed I’m glad to say and she held them all, some quite a few times in fact! Two of the girls had a moth on their noses after a bribe of a sticker, so well done! Then it was the boys’ turn. One boy held them all as did most of his friends but nobody had a moth on their nose! When looking at one bug a boy said “where are its b***s?”, of course that caused fits of laughter amongst the adults! I would have said both groups were as brave as each other so there was no clear winner! An interesting morning, thanks for inviting me, hope to come back again!
6th March
I visited Shorne Primary School today near Gravesend and spent the morning with the Year 2 class. In the afternoon I was visited by the Reception class, followed by the Year 1 class. There were too many happenings to list them all here but a few included “you’re strange!” when I ate a Meal-worm, followed by “your hair looks like a girl’s hair!”. I met an expert who knew all about Centipedes and Millipedes and another who knew all about the Water Bear or Tardigrade, and they were only 6!!! One girl said “how do you know so much about bugs?”, so I said “when I was your age I started reading all about bugs and I’ve never stopped, and I’m still learning now!” I said “you could become a world expert if you studdied Scorpions because nobody knows why they glow in the dark, and then anybody who wanted to know anything about Scorpions would come to you and ask!” Great day, great kids, great staff, great school! Thanks for inviting me back again, hope to see you all again soon!
5th March
I spent today visiting Wincheap Foundation Primary School with my bugs. I met two Year 2 classes who were very brave, and a few who didn’t like my bugs at all ,but most held at least one thing! This was for their ‘Wriggle and Crawl’ topic. They were all very excited and one girl said “I think your bugs are very cool!” and that was before we even started! Quite a few wanted to take them home because they liked them so much. They weren’t so keen on the photos of bugs that live on their bodies though! Had a great day, so thanks for inviting me.
2nd March
I was invited to Penny’s Birthday Party today.  I’ve met Penny a few times now at her nursery and she’s never been a keen bug-lover, which is fine.  Penny wouldn’t hold most of the bugs in case they ‘pooped’ in her hand, but she she did hold a couple, so well done!  After a few games and making a few Tarantulas and Butterflies it was sadly time to leave, but thanks for inviting me I had a great time!
28th February
I spent today at Holy Trinity C of E Primary School in Broadstairs. Most of the day was spent visiting Year 2 but Reception, Year 1 and Year 3 children paid a flying visit later in the day. The school photographer came in the morning to take photos of the children holding the bugs for the school’s new website, hopefully I can post a link later in the year. The children were very well behaved and very polite so well done all! I look forward to my next visit!
26th February
I paid a return visit today to Palm Bay Primary School in Margate where I visited two Year 2 classes with my bugs as part of their ‘Wriggle and Crawl’ topic.  I met lots of brave children who held the bugs, not many got ‘pooped’ on and one adult actually ate a Meal-worm!  On explaining that my Centipede is a Carnivore one girl said “could it kill a clown?”  Another boy said “could it eat a Polar Bear?”.  So just when you think you’ve heard it all….  At the end of the day some of the children brought their parents in to see the bugs and tell them all about them.  I had a great day so thanks for inviting me back again and also for the delicious school dinner!
24th February
I’ve met Bella a few times now at Rainbows (twice) and other events, and she loves bugs! I was invited to her birthday party today at her special request! How could I refuse. Bella and a lot of her friends love bugs including her two sisters, so my bugs were very popular! After a few games there was just enough time for another bug-hugging session, then it was sadly time to leave! Thanks for inviting me, I had a great day!
21st February
Had an action-packed day at Brogdale today. Three fully-booked sessions with about 20 children and their adults throughout the day. Lots of the children knew the answers to some of the bug questions (with a little help from the parents!), such as “where are a Katydid’s ears?”, or “what is this insect that looks like a Stick Insect?”, (which is actually a Grasshopper), etc etc. The next Beastie Day is in May and already getting booked up, so if you are looking to do something in the May half-term get in quick!
12th and 13th February
I paid a return visit to Balfour Junior Academy in Chatham and spent two days with four Year 5 classes showing the students my bugs! I met some really brave children, some not so brave, some tearful, some who think bugs are awesome, some with trembling hands who still held a bug or two, one girl had a moth lay an egg on her hand and wanted to take it home, and many who were surprised by how ‘Millie’ the Millipede’s legs felt in their hands. Only a few got ‘pooped’ on by the Sun Beetle! All in all a pleasant visit with very friendly staff and students, so well done all! I had a delicious school dinner as a bonus. I look forward to my next visit so thanks for inviting me in again!
9th February
I first met Marcie at her school a few weeks ago and Marcie’s mum invited me to her birthday party! Most of Marcie’s friends also met the bugs at school and were more brave this time and held ones they didn’t in school. Surprisingly enough most of the boys were brave and had a moth or two on their noses, so well done. After a few bug games it was time to get the art department out and they all made some butterflies to take home. Had a great time, thanks for inviting me.
6th February
I spent an enjoyable afternoon yesterday with class 3 at Morehall Primary School. Some of the children loved the bugs but I was surprised at how many children wouldn’t even touch one. When asked how many have played up on the downs behind the school only two put their hands up and one said she put up the cross at Easter! When I was their age I roamed the downs and the beach and found all sorts of snakes, lizards, slow-worms and bugs. Their teacher freely admitted that they spend too much time on computers and not enough time out in the countryside! Thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
12th January (pm)
In the afternoon I was invited to a friend’s get-together.  The idea being for the adults to have a knees-up while I kept the children entertained for about 3 hours!  This worked well but a lot of the braver adults joined in with the bugs as well.  So after the bugs it was time for games (Bat and Moth and Sting in the tail!).  Then it was time to get the art department out and make some Butterflies etc.  Had a great time, infact I lost track of time and they had to throw me out because the next booking was arriving at the hall!  Thanks for inviting me, hope to see you again soon!
12th January (am)
I was invited to Joe and Archie’s birthday party this morning.  I also met Joe a couple of years ago at the last party he invited me to!  Joe still remembered a lot of the facts about the bugs and loved telling his younger brother all about them.  We soon ran out of time though, so after an outside treasure hunt and food it was time to leave unfortunately, thanks for inviting me, maybe I’ll be back again in a couple of years?
4th January 2019
Today I paid a return visit to Bromstone Primary School in Broadstairs, this time to show two Year 2 classes my bugs. They were all a brave bunch and most held a bug or two, some even wanted to eat a meal-worm! They were all very quiet and well behaved, so well done all! Quite a few wanted me to come to their birthday parties so I have a feeling I might be seeing them all again soon! Thanks for inviting me, had a great day.
30th December
I was invited to Samuel’s birthday party today as he is bug-mad!  Samuel’s older sister however wasn’t too sure about holding them but she did bravely hold a few eventually, so well done!  Samuel’s favourite bug was the Scorpion because it glows in the dark!  After a few games and a delicious lunch it was time to leave sadly, thanks for inviting me though, I had a great time!
27th December
I was invited to Ben’s birthday party last year and as he loves bugs so much I was invited back again this year!  Ben knows so much about bugs and his favourite is the Scorpion, especially when it glows in the dark.  Even Ben’s older sister knew so much about bugs that she could answer most questions I asked.  Ben’s sister completed an extreme reading challenge with a moth on her nose!  (see photo).  Thanks for inviting me, hope to see you all next year!
22nd December
I first met Max at an event a couple of months ago and he loved my bugs! So much so that he invited me to his birthday party today! He loved telling all of his friends about the bugs and remembered so many facts that I had told him the last time we met! He was fascinated when my Praying Mantis had a late lunch and ate a cricket! After a quick ‘cocoon game’ where one child had so much loo roll wrapped around them that they had trouble breaking out of their ‘cocoon’ it was time for a game of ‘Bat and Moth’. Everybody seemed to have a great time and even made up their own rules! Sadly after that it was time to go home, but thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
15th December
Today I was invited to Olivia’s birthday party. I first met Olivia at her friends party a few months ago, then in her school and now at her party. Everybody’s favourite was ‘Millie’ the Millipede and they all wanted to hold her again and again and again! After a quick ‘Cocoon game’ followed by ‘Bat and Moth’ it was time for the ‘Sting in the tail game’, then out came theart department and everybody made butterflies to take home. Had a great time, thanks for inviting me.
9th December (pm)
This afternoon I was invited to Francesca and Beatrice’s birthday party.  Francesca was very keen on the bugs but Beatrice was a bit unsure, but after a little while Beatrice started holding the bugs and loved them all!  Their friends were really brave also but one little girl was a bit upset by the bugs, but halfway through she suddenly put her hand out and started holding the bugs, so well done!  It was great to see so many bug-lovers in one room.  ‘Millie’ the Millipede and the moths were particular favourites and many of them wanted to hold them all over again – even with their noses!  After a couple of games it was time to get the art department out and everybody loved making butterflies to ware in their hair or on their fingers or wrists.  I had trouble ‘escaping’ because evrybody then showed their parents the bugs and wanted to hold them all again!  After a slice of delicious birthday cake it was finally time to leave, so thanks for inviting me, I had a great time!
9th December (am)
This morning I was invited to Tom and Lara’s birthday party.  Tom loves bugs but Lara thinks they are weired!  Lara stayed to see a couple of bugs but then decided to go upstairs for the remainder of the session, not a problem, everyone to their own!  Tom loved the bugs but his friends weren’t that keen, but lots of the girls were brave and held them all!  After a quick cocoon game it was time to leave, thanks for inviting me, had a great time.
1st December
Had a very busy day at Herne’s Christmas Funday today.  Room was so packed at one point you couldn’t have got a Stick Insect in between all of the bodies!  Had a great day, met lots of bug-huggers, some of whom I’d met before.  Couldn’t have managed without my four young assistants who helped to show/hold the bugs, so well done all.  Thanks for inviting me, hope to come back soon!
24th November
I first met Alexander a few months ago at another event and he loves bugs!  Alexander held all of the bugs that he could and wasn’t scared at all, couldn’t get him to eat any though!  Most of Alexander’s friends held the bugs as well.  After making a few butterflies it was time to go home unfortunately, but thanks for inviting me, had a great time.
21st November
I was invited to Grayson’s 3rd Birthday Party today. Grayson wasn’t too keen on holding the bugs, but he loved eating them! He holds the world record for the greatest number of Meal-worms eaten by a small child in a minute! He had three servings and still wanted more! Thanks for inviting me, had a great time and the birthday cake was delicious!
16th November
I first met Floyd a couple of years ago at another Birthday Party, but yesterday it was his Birthday Party! I took my bugs along and Floyd was fascinated by the glow in the dark Scorpion which was his favourite. A lot of his young friends were wary of the bugs to begin with but as time went on they got braver and held a few, some even came back again and again to hug the bugs so a great time had by all! Thanks for inviting me and also the delicious Scorpion birthday cake!
10th November
Today I was invited to Violet’s Birthday Party.  Violet is mad on bugs but she didn’t want to hold any which was fine.  She was quite happy watching all of her friends hold them whilst she took photos with her camera.  Violet had a really cool toy spider that looked like a Red Back and ran around the room by itself – I’m going to have to get me one of those!  After the bugs it was time for the ‘Cocoon’ game and everybody got wrapped up!  The ‘Bat and Moth’ game was popular but the moths soon got gobbled up for breakfast!  Making Butterflies was very popular and I spent ages cutting out Butterflies for the children as they were very young, and one young girl cut out and made four herself!  Sadly after that it was time to go home, but not before some delicious birthday cake.  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time!  Oh, and I nearly forgot to mention that Violet came dressed as an insect with six legs, Ladybird slippers and a ladybird bobble in her hair!
7th November
I spent yesterday at Ditton Infant School in Maidstone visiting Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes, nearly 180 children in total, so it was a busy day! Great fun though! Lots of brave and well behaved children who were a pleasure to show my bugs to! Thanks for inviting me and also for the delicious lunch! I look forward to a return visit!
4th November (pm)
In the afternoon it was time for Anika and Angelina’s Birthday Party.
Most of the girls and a couple of the boys at the party I had already met at their school a couple of years ago. There was quite a bit of screaming going on when I showed them the bugs – and you should have heard the girls! They still remembered the bugs and everybody’s favourite was ‘Millie’ the Millipede, the moths and Hissing Cockroaches! Anika was unfortunate as the Giant Atlas ‘pooped’ in her mouth when it was on her nose and she ran screaming to the kitchen! Take a look at the first photo! After a quick ‘cocoon game’ it was time to leave unfortunately! Thanks for inviting me, had a great time.
4th November (am)
A Personal Bug Session.
I met a few very timid children on Sunday, so timid that nobody wanted to hug a bug! Eventually after a lot of encouragement they started to hold them – some even held them with their noses! Even one little girl who wouldn’t hold anything eventually held an egg and a dead Ghostly Silkmoth (very apt name!). Well done all for being so brave!
31st October
I paid a visit to Green Park Community Primary School today.  As it was Halloween they wanted the two Reception classes to meet some scary bugs.  Very strange as anyone who has met my bugs knows they are cute and cuddly!  We had a great time with some really brave children and really enthusiastic teachers who helped the children to hold the bugs, so well done.  Some children were so excited that they nearly left a puddle on the floor, but luckily they all went home dry!  Thanks for inviting me and also for the delicious school dinner.  Hope to come back again soon!
30th October
I paid a return visit to Christchurch Primary School in Folkestone this morning.  60 excited Reception children couldn’t wait to meet the bugs, infact one boy was so excited he left a puddle on the floor!  Thanks for inviting me back, had a great time, look forward to my next visit!
27th October
Today was Freddie’s Birthday Party.  Unfortunately Freddie didn’t hold many bugs as he was so excited with his birthday presents, but lots of his friend loved the bugs and held them all.  Star of the party was a two year-old girl who fought her way to the front of the crowd and held all of the bugs and she even had a moth on her nose.  She was really gentle with the bugs and when I suggested ‘Fred’ the Hissing Cockroach wanted to kiss her, she bent down and kissed ‘Fred’ before I could stop her!  Had a great time, thanks for inviting me.
26th October
I was invited to Amber’s Birthday/Halloween party today.  Lots of brave bug-huggers all dressed in Halloween costumes, very fitting as I had a ‘Ghostly Silkmoth’ from Madagascar with me!  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time.
25th October
It was time for a return visit to the Aldington Messy Playgroup this morning.  I met loads of bug-huggers, some of whom were there the last time i visited.  One young girl who hardly held any bugs last time tried to hold them all this time, so well done for being so brave!  Thanks for inviting me back, look forward to my next visit!
24th October
A busy afternoon at Goddinton House and Gardens near Ashford, so I didn’t get to take many photos.  Viv the head gardener was desperate to have an Atlas Moth on her nose before anybody arrived so I fulfilled her wish!  Definitely a place to visit, amazing house and gardens.  Thanks for inviting me had a great time!
23rd October
A busy week started with Brogdale’s Beastie Day.  About 100 children and their families came along to meet the bugs through the day.  There were lots of ‘wow’s’ heard throughout the day when the Scorpion glowed in the dark and I don’t think anybody got ‘pooped’ on apart from me by the Sun Beetles!  A few brave children tried a Meal-worm or two but I couldn’t get any adults to try one!
19th October
I paid a return visit today to the Discovery Day Nursery in Maidstone.  I met lots of brave toddlers and not so brave parents!  One girl who’s about three has fairies in her garden, and kept on saying “my faries wouldn’t like that one”.  Eventually we got to the Horse-head Grasshopper, so I said to her “how about if I put a pink skirt on this one” to which she replied “yes, my fairies would like that one!”  Most of the time she sat with her hands over her mouth, with the look of horror on her face!  Thanks for inviting me again, I look forward to my next visit!
15th October
This evening I paid a visit to the 1st Hampton Rainbows in Herne Bay.  I have already met a few over the years at birthday parties and other events.  One young girl I’ve three times before so this was the fourth!  She gave me a lovely drawing of my bugs and me, all done from memory, and everything is labelled and in it’s right place on the tables, so thank you very much!  I met loads of bug-lovers although the older girls weren’t that keen, but almost everybody held something so well done!  It was ‘bring a friend night’ so it was rather packed, but I managed to show them all most of the bugs.  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time, be sure to look at the photos!
14th October
I was invited to Charlie’s birthday party today.  Charlie and his friends loved the bugs, but I couldn’t get anybody to eat a Meal-worm!  After the bugs it was time for the ‘Cocoon game’, followed by ‘Bat and Moth’ then ‘Sting in the tail’.  Then we all made some butterflies to take home.  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
7th October (pm)
Toby loves bugs, so his mum and dad invited me to his birthday party!  Once I had got the bugs set up Toby showed all of his friends and adults the bugs, and I was amazed that he knew so much about them, he’s only four!!!  Lots of his friends loved holding the bugs apart from a couple of babies who wanted to eat them all!  After the ‘Cocoon’ game it was time to get the art department out so that everybody could make some butterflies to take home.  After some delicious home-made birthday cake it was time to leave unfortunately, so thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
7th October (am)
I first met Fern and her older sister at a summer fete a few weeks ago.  Because Fern loves the bugs so much she wanted a bug birthday party!  Looking at the photos Fern didn’t seem to be very keen holding ‘Mini-Millie’ or ‘Mega-Millie’ but she loved holding all of the others!  After a quick ‘Cocoon game’ and a bit of ‘Bat and Moth’ it was time to shoot off to another party, but I had a great time so thanks for inviting me, hope to see you all again!
5th October
I visited The Downs CE Primary School today in Deal and showed my bugs to two Reception classes.  Most were very brave and held all of the bugs but ‘Katie’ the Katydid was naughty again and jumped and flew on to a little boy’s leg, luckily he sat still until I could retrieve her, but he burst into tears unfortunately.  The same as the boy who didn’t like the feel of ‘Thai’ my Thai Stick insect and she ended up under his armpit, but lived to tell the tail!  So at the end of the day no children or bugs were harmed which was a bonus!  Very helpful and friendly staff, so thanks for inviting me, had a great day!
30th September
I met Saule and her sister a few months ago at an event, so her parents invited me and my bugs to her birthday party.  Saule held all of the bugs at the event but her older sister wasn’t brave enough to touch any.  However at the party it was the other way around and Saule didn’t want to touch any, but I left her a pretty Beetle and moth to keep anyway!  Her sister Amelia plucked up the courage to hold a few bugs which was good, so well done!  After a quick game of ‘Bat and Moth’ and the ‘Cocoon game’ it was time to leave unfortunately, but we all had a great time so thanks for inviting me!
29th September (pm)
In the afternoon it was Allie-Rose and her sister Evies birthday party.  I met Allie-Rose at her school a few times and she loved meeting the bugs.  Evie wasn’t keen on bugs however and didn’t want to touch any, which was fine.  A few of their party guests I’d met before at various times and some of them are very keen on bugs too!  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
29th September (am)
I first met Lucas at a fete a few weeks ago and as he loves bugs so much he decided to have a bug birthday party!  He held every bug that he could, but not the Sun Beetle as it ‘poop’s’ a lot!  Some of his friends weren’t so keen however, but there were plenty of gasps when the Scorpion glowed in the dark!  After a bite to eat including Meal-worms, it was time for a quick game of Cocoon then it was to leave unfortunately.  Thanks for inviting me had a great time!
26th September
I paid a return visit to Northbourne Primary School yesterday with my bugs and most of the 125 children came to see the bugs. Many of the children remembered me from my last visit a couple of years ago. Lots of interesting questions such as “Do Cockroaches eat poo?”, to which I replied “As they are detritivores they probably do, as they feed on dead and decaying matter!”. Great day, thanks for inviting me and also for the delicious school diner!
23rd September
What can I say about Chloe?  I’ve met Chloe every year for the last three years in her school, and she loves ‘Millie’ the Millipede!  The day after my last visit a few months ago I received a wonderful invite to her birthday party, with drawings of the bugs no less!  How could I refuse?  About half of her friends have seen me before in school but the other half haven’t and some of them didn’t want to handle the bugs, which is fine.  However by the time I got to the end of my presentation most of them had held something, so well done!  After a quick ‘Cocoon’ game and ‘Bat and Moth’, both of which were a bit noisy – my ears are still ringing, it was time to leave unfortunately, but I took away a bit of delicious birthday cake!  Chloe wants me back again next year, or maybe even sooner, for a Personal Bug Session!  Thanks for inviting me had a great time.
22nd September
I was at the Dover Big Local Urban Fete on Saturday, I only took a few bugs that could withstand the cold as it was freezing! The weather forecast didn’t look too promising and it was right – light rain all afternoon! Up until the rain started I was kept busy with lots of eager bug-huggers and it was good to meet old bug-hugging friends from past events! Miss Tower Hamlets and one of her pricesses paid a visit to the cry of “it’s the bugman!” They stayed for most of the day as they love the bugs. This time last year the ‘princess’ hated bugs but all of a sudden she loves them! A good but damp day with lots to see and do, looking forward to the next one!
18th September
Today I visited Harris Primary Acadamy in Orpington and saw two Year 2 classes in the morning and had a visit from the special unit children after lunch. A Stick Insect flew across the room in the morning even though it doesn’t have wings! A boy got one leg on his hand and pulled it away and the Stick Insect went with it! Luckily it was unharmed! Some of the children from the special unit were really bright and knew lots of facts about my bugs and they were only aged up to seven years old! One young girl knew Katydids ears were on their knees, which shocked me for such a young age! Thanks for inviting me had a great time!
16th September
On a very windy Sunday I put up my gazebo in a very windy field at Ickham! Two gazebos blew away before the fair started it was so windy! Didn’t deter the public though and I met loads of keen bug-huggers including a man from Singapore who told me that there is only 70 hectares of wild forest left on the whole island, so wildlife is very hard to find but he recognised some of my bugs. In spite of the wind there was lots to see and do, from Kendo to barn dancing, dog show to talent contest. A fun time had by all!
15th September

I first met Jasmine and her younger sister at their school last year, and they both love bugs!  So Jasmine’s mum invited me and the bugs to her Birthday Party!  Most of Jasmine’s friends were also keen on bugs and loved holding them all!  Jasmine was the only one who got ‘pooped’ on by the Sun Beetle though!  After a quick ‘cocoon’ game and making some butterflies it was sadly time to leave.  Jasmine asked if she could hug ‘Millie’ the Millipede one final time before I left and said she wants me to come back again soon, which made my day!  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time, and delicious cake too!
14th September
Today I was invited to Ruby’s Birthday Party.  I met Ruby and some of her friends at their school a few months ago and as they all loved the bugs so much Ruby’s mum invited me and the bugs to Ruby’s party/bug session!  Everybody loved the moths and Millipedes and asked for another hold before I left.  After making some butterflies it was sadly time to leave, but hopefully I’ll be invited back in the holidays!  Thanks for inviting me, had a fun time!
8th September (pm)
After Jamie’s Birthday Party it was time to get to Isaac’s.  Isaac loves his bugs but made his older brother hold them first, to see if he survived the encounter!  Isaac’s older brother made a touching speech about Isaac after the bugs, so well done!  A quick game of ‘Cocoon’ and it was time to leave unfortunately, thanks for inviting me, had a fun time!
8th September (am)
I was invited to Jamie’s Birthday Party this morning.  Jamie loves his bugs and was a lot braver than most of his friends and held them all!  He even tried a few Meal-worms and agreed that they tasted quite nice!  After a quick game of ‘Cocoon’ and the obligatory loo-paper fight, it was sadly time to leave.  Thanks for inviting me had a great time, very tasty birthday cake as well!
2nd September
Today I visited the Millbrook Garden Centres at Gravesend and Staplehurst as their Butterfly Experiences are now closed until next year. The aim was to round up the remaining butterflies and larvae and bring them home to my tropical greenhouse to live out their final days. I met a lovely lady and her young daughter who insisted on helping me catch the last one that I had missed, which she duly did! Great to meet so many bug-lovers! She had reared some Painted Lady Butterfly larvae and released the adults when they hatched – all apart from the last two who were as she said “stuck together”, “Ah”, said I, “they were having a friendly cuddle”, they were” she said “but they were cuddling with their bottoms!” Say no more!
1st September
Today I was invited to Jack’s Birthday Party. I first met Jack at an event earlier in the year and as he loves bugs so much his mum booked me for his party! I was amazed at how well the children sat and listened as some were only toddlers, so well done all. When asked how his party went Jack said “it was awesome!” An email today from Jack’s mum says it all! “Thanks for coming and doing the bug road show for us. Jack loved it and I’ve had lots of lovely feedback from other parents and children. The hissing cockroaches were a particular hit despite the lack of hissing. Thank you for taking so much time to show the older children and the mums and dads the bugs”. Thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
31st August
Had a fun morning at Little Oaks Nursery in Selsted today. Lots of keen bug-huggers aged from about four to ten. Best part was when I showed the older children the photos of fried insects that I was having for lunch, bugs that live on their bodies and in their beds! One girl will be traumatised for life as she couldn’t bear to look and covered her face the whole time, but she did hold a few bugs! Thanks for inviting me, hope to come back again soon.
26th August
A very windy and damp day at the Dover Regatta today! Luckily I was with the Western Heights Peservation Society who ave a really sturdy gazebo! I met lots of bug lovers, many who I have met before at parties schools etc. I also had the pleasure of again meeting Miss Tower Hamlets along with the Prince and Princess who all held a Giant Atlas Moth in the shelter of the gazebo because it was too windy outside. If I had a penny for everybody who asked “are they real” I’d be a rich man!
23rd August
Had a very busy day today with the Millbrook Mini’s at the Millbrook Garden Centre in Crowborough! About 60 children ranging from 18 months to about 10 came along with their adults. I always invite the children to eat a few Meal-worms after the session which I put on the table with the bugs. While my back was turned a toddler came up and ate my dead moth pupa which I use for my talks. Her mum was very apologetic and made her spit it out, I don’t suppose it tasted very good either! That’s never happened before!
20th August
Imogen didn’t want a bug birthday party but she loves bugs, so what better than a Personal Bug Session with a few of her friends! They all loved the bugs but were not so keen on the photos of things that live on their bodies! Quite a few ate a Meal-worm but the adults weren’t too keen on them. Thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
19th August
I met Tommy and Isabella in their school a few months ago and they are both mad on bugs. I was amazed at how much they remembered about the bugs. Tommy could spot all of the camouflaged bugs and could even tell me which end was which on the Centipede and he’s only five! They and their friends kept me busy the whole time I was there showing them the bugs, but we had just enough time left to make a few butterflies then it was sadly time to go home!
18th August
On Saturday I was at the Kent Wildlife Trust’s Lydd Church Summer Fair and nature event. I met a chap there who was looking at Beetles under the microscope and displaying the images on a screen. I asked him if he would like to try an Atlas Moth and Madagascan Bulls-eye Moth to see what they look like. The first photo is the Atlas and the forth the Bulls-eye, note how the scales have been modified into hair-like structures on the latter.  See the photos on the ‘Other Events’ page.
16th August

I had a busy morning today at the ‘Muddy Buddies’ session in Whitstable for grandparents and their grand children. Star of the show, a young girl who held all the bugs, and the look of wonderment in her eyes! Another girl had absolutely fantastic expressions on her face when I ate Meal-worm, showed her photos of fried insects and told her all about the bugs that live on her body! Had a great time, thanks for inviting me. Below is feedback received on the session:
What did you enjoy about the session?
- Seeing the children’s faces.
- The butterflies.
- Absolutely everything – brilliant!
- Silk worm & moths.
- Very interesting & don’t usually get that close to insects.
- All of it!
What did your grandchild/ren enjoy mostly about the session?
- Holding the moths.
- All of it – very interesting.
- Everything, thank you.
- Eating a mealworm! The millipede felt nice on me.
- Holding the insects.
- Holding bugs.
15th August
I had a busy day on today at Tyland Barn, home of the Kent Wildlife Trust. I met lots of keen bug-huggers and their not so keen parents. One Sun Beetle managed to ‘poop’ on everybody including me – don’t know where it was all coming from! Had a great day, thanks for inviting me.
12th August
Today I was invited to Cora’s Birthday Party.  Cora loves bugs but didn’t want to hold any apart from the moths, which was fine.  Cora’s friends loved the bugs (mostly), but not many adults would actually hold any.  After a quick game and making a few butterflies it was time to go sadly, but not before Cora held the moths again!  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time, delicious bug cake as well!
11th August
Today I was at the Dover Funday. I met lots of interesting people, plenty of bug-loving children but some parents weren’t so keen so stood well back! Had a busy day so didn’t take any photos. Just as I was about to pack up a coach-load of French students turned up. Some of the girls nearly passed out trying to hold Millie the Millipede, with lots of screaming going on, but the boys were a lot braver!
8th August
I paid a visit to Little Treasures Childcare today.  Most of the children loved the bugs and I was impressed by how gentle they were considering how young some of the children were!  One girl did a silent scream (as can be seen from some of the photos on the ‘School and Nursery Gallery page’), every time she held a bug, but kept on coming back for more, so well done!  It was a pleasure to see so many well behaved children, obviously a reflection on their parents and carers!  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
5th August
I first met Allana in her school three years ago, then at a friends party, then again a few months ago in her school again with her sister Eva.  Both sisters love bugs but Allana wants to be a palaeontologist when she grows up – I was hoping she was going to become an Entomologist, but there’s still hope!  Allan’s mum said the first time Allana met the bugs she wouldn’t touch a single one, but now she loves them!  She got ‘pooped’ on by the Sun Beetle the last time they met, and she got ‘pooped’ on again by the Sun Beetle again today!  I was amazed when we played the Bat and Moth game that Allana knew how bats find their food in the dark, by echolocation – fantastic!  Thanks for inviting me, hope to see you all again soon!
4th August
I was invited to Clara’s birthday party today. Clara and her friends loved the bugs and quite a few of them ate a few Meal-worms as well, so well done. Because of the heat the Sun Beetles had a quick fly around, which made everybody jump! After a quick game of ‘Bat and Moth’ and ‘Sting in the Tail’ it was time to go home sadly. Thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
2nd August
Today it was time for a return journey to Aldington Messy Playgroup.  Lots of brave toddlers, their older siblings and some brave mums all held the bugs!  Some had come back for a second time to see the bugs.  One young girl asked lots and lots and lots and lots of questions, which was good, bet her teacher loves her!  Have been invited back in the October half-term so watch this space!  The photos are on the ‘School and Nursery Gallery’ page.
1st August
Today I was invited to take my bugs along to the playscheme known as “Corners” and is run jointly by Northbourne and Eastry churches. Some of the children I have met before at their school so they knew a lot of the answers to the questions! Lots of bugs got hugged and everybody seemed to enjoy holding the bugs (well, nearly everybody!) Thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
29th July
Today it was Samphire Hoe’s Funday! The weather forecast was for heavy rain and gale-force winds, we had the wind but hardly any rain, this must have put a lot of people off! Most of the side shows were therefore inside the education shelter, such as insect roulette, bug racing and badge making. About 200 people braved the weather and came and hugged a bug or two, so many I’d met before from schools, parties and other events, some several times, so it was a good day!
28th July evening
Tonight it was time for a bit of moth trapping and Bat watching in the Drop Redoubt in Dover. About 30 people turned up after dark to see Bats and their food – Moths! Unfortunately it was poor weather for moths and there were more people than moths, but luckily I brought along a few that I had caught the previous night! These included Jersey Tiger, Oak Eggar and Elephant Hawk-moth. Of course I had a few tropical Atlas Moths and a few other silkmoths as well!
28th July
Today I was invited to the 4th St Peters Brownies sleepover.  I met lots of brave Brownies who loved the bugs and asked lots of intelligent questions.  I couldn’t get anybody to eat a Meal-worm, they all said they had a large lunch!  There were a few stifled screams from the adults when I ate one!  The girls were very well behaved and there was very little screaming involved, even when I showed them photos of the cute and cuddly bugs that live on their bodies!  Thank you for inviting me, had a great time!
20th July
I paid a visit to the Punch and Judy Playgroup in Lympne this afternoon for their leavers party. The staff are very friendly and some even held a bug or two! A few of the children are mad on bugs and wanted to hold them all, some even had a moth on the nose! Others weren’t too sure, one girl had fits of laughter when I said the magic word ‘Bottom’ – referring to the Centipedes rear end which looks like its head! Had a great time, thanks for inviting me, hope to come back soon!
18th July
Today it was Bossingham Pre-School’s turn to have a visit by the Bug Roadshow for their leavers party.  16 brave and not so brave youngsters held the bugs but only one adult had a moth on their nose!  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time.
17th July
Today I was invited to Little Oaks Kindergarten in Hawkinge for their leavers party. Very friendly staff but nobody wanted to hold a bug! Lots of bug-hugging children did though, unlike their parents, who weren’t so brave! Thanks for inviting me had a great time.
15th July
Today it was Harry’s Birthday Party. He loves his bugs, and loved telling all of his friends about them! It was a baking hot day so it was a job to get the moths out so that Harry could hold them, but it cooled down later so Harry managed to hold a few with his hand and face! Thanks for inviting me, delicious birthday cake as well!
14th July
On this baking hot day I was invited to attend KEFest near Ashford, which was organised by Girl guiding UK.  About 700 brave Rainbows, Brownies and Guides turned up to hug the bugs and find out more about them.  It was so hot that I couldn’t get the Giant Atlas Moths out otherwise they would have flown away!  I met several girls who I’d met before at parties, Brownies, schools and other events but most of them are a lot older now!  My stand was the most interactive activity on the day according to one of the leaders!  This helps to spread the word about how beautiful and misunderstood bugs are!  One nine year old said at the end of the day “when I arrived this morning I hated bugs, but now I think they are awesome and I love them”!  Made my day!  Thanks for inviting me, had a great, but very busy day and hope to come back again next year!
10th July
I visited St Albans Girls’ School in Hertfordshire today as a special one-off project. It was their ‘Brazil Cultural Day’ so I took along my bugs, some of which are actually found in Brazil! As a special treat I hatched some Owl and Morpho Butterflies from their pupae. The aim was to let them fly around the room, but all one Morpho did was to fly up to the ceiling, until prodded with a stick, when it came spiralling down and landed on my chest, so I didn’t know it was a ‘homing’ Morpho until then! I was visited by 210 lively Year 7 and 8 students through the day, so it was a busy day, and a moth on the nose was a popular pastime! Even Miss Brock, the teacher held a Giant Atlas on her finger, which took great courage as she is terrified of moths, so well done! Thanks for inviting me, I had a great day!
8th July
Had a very busy and hot day today at the River Village Fair! It was so hot and windy that I couldn’t get my Atlas Moths out otherwise they would have ended up flying around Dover! I met loads of old friends again, from after school clubs, school visits, parties etc. Lots of the children still remember facts about the insects which was good. Thanks for inviting me, had a great day and hope to be back next year.
7th July
A busy day today with lots of familiar faces I’ve met over the years, they all come back again to hug the bugs. One girl said “I’ve got £5 to spend”, so I said “that’s a bit of luck, because that is what I charge to kiss the cockroach!” The look of horror was priceless! “you kiss it” she said, so I did! She spent the rest of the day running around telling everybody she met, “that man kisses cockroaches” I’ll never live it down! Thanks for inviting me, hope to be back again next year!
3rd July
This morning I paid a visit to the Discovery Day Nursery in Maidstone. Lots of bug-hugging toddlers and staff. The Eri Silkmoth even laid an egg on one staff member’s nose! A couple even ate a Meal-worm, so I was very impressed. One toddler even called me the “Bugaman” Not sure if that is how it is spelt though! So I had an interesting morning with some really brave toddlers and staff, thanks for inviting me, hope to see you all again!
1st July
After Louies party it was time to get to Jude’s party.  Unfortunately Jude had broken his arm a few weeks ago wrestling a giant Aligator in the garden, so his play centre party had to be cancelled!  Instead he wrestled with my giant bugs which are all cute and cuddly!  Jude and his friends loved holding the bugs even though some did pull funny faces!  After cutting the delicious birthday cake we had time for the ‘Cocoon game’, then sadly it was time to go home.  Thanks for inviting me.
1st July
Louie invited me to his birthday party last year, and when his mum said what do you want to do this year, he said “Bugs!”. So here I am for the second year running showing Louie and all of his friends my bugs again! We had time after the delicious food for one game, which was the ‘Cocoon game’ but the loo roll tended to blow around the garden! Had a great time, thanks for inviting me, maybe I’ll be back again next year?
30th June
Had a very busy day today at the Stelling Minnis Windmill School Fete.  I met lots of familiar faces, some of whom I met several times before.  There were lots of things to see and do, so it makes a great day out for all the family!  Everybody loved the moths and several had one on their nose!  Had a great day, thanks for inviting me, hope to be back again next year!  Take a look at the photos on the ‘Other Events Gallery’.
28th June
Had a busy morning yesterday with the Aldington Messy Playgroup! I met lots of brave toddlers and even braver adults! Quite a few toddlers tried a Meal-worm but not many adults would touch them! Had a great time, thanks for inviting me, I’m back here again on the 2nd August so pay a visit!
27th June
I spent today with two lively classes of Year 5 pupils at Bromstone Primary School in Broadstairs! We all had a great time, one girl wanted to take all of the bugs home, another screamed every time she held one but kept on coming back for more torture! A couple of brave teachers tried a Meal-worm and agreed they are quite tasty! The children asked some intelligent questions and nearly all enjoyed meeting the bugs, especially the moths, and most had one or more on their noses! Really friendly staff and pupils so I had a great time, thanks for inviting me!
23rd June
I had a busy day at Hastings Museum yesterday with my bugs. Around 180 bug-huggers came to meet the bugs through the day. One girl wanted to hold the bugs desperately, but her fear wouldn’t allow her to, so she got her younger brother to hold them first! Eventually after a lot of coaxing she did hold one or two and said “that’s quite nice!” Highlight of the day was meeting Samantha Smith, Museum Learning Officer, who had a phobia of moths. When I arrived she couldn’t even look at the moths in the cage as her pulse was racing just knowing they were there. After I got set up she came into the room backwards so she didn’t have to look at them. As the day went on and her children arrived, she didn’t want to show them her fears, so she had to be brave, but still couldn’t hold a live moth! At the end of the day she resolved to hold a moth whatever the cost! Pictured is Sam with a small Eri Silkmoth on her tea-shirt which took a lot of doing, and eventually after a lot of encouragement she held a Giant Atlas Moth in her sweaty trembling hand, with pulse racing, and she thought she would throw up! After that she persuaded her friend to do likewise, and she has the same phobia! Congratulations both of you for the ‘overcoming your fears award’! Hopefully I’ll have a photo to show you later of said feat! Also pictured is Emily with said moth on her nose, (a young museum volunteer), who helped me throughout the day and kept me going with lashings of tea! Thanks for inviting me had a great day in a very friendly and interesting museum, take a look if you are passing!
21st June
I spent this morning with two excited classes of Reception and Year 2 children at Mundella Primary School in Folkestone. Some wouldn’t touch the bugs, others held them all! One girl said at the beginning of the session – ” hold live animals, no way”! She held them all! Another two girls wouldn’t hold any but overcame their fears at the end to hold a moth, so well done! One boy said the glow in the dark Scorpion was “Epic”! The children were all really well behaved, so keep it up! I nearly drowned in a sea of tea, it was coming from all directions, so thanks for inviting me and looking after me so well! Hope to come back again soon!
15th June
I first met Oliver last year at his school fete and as he is mad on bugs I was invited to his birthday party in December!  Unfortunately he was ill so the party had to be cancelled (twice!).  It was decided to have a late birthday party in the summer instead!  Oliver and his sister are obsessed with bugs and they brought me a few they had caught in the garden to look at!  Most of Oliver’s friends weren’t that keen on holding the bugs apart from one girl whose father is an ecologist so was used to handling bugs etc and they even run a moth trap in the garden.  One mum was terrified of bugs but held ‘Millie’ the Millipede eventually, and said the five ‘Pimms’ probably helped, and she was so overwhelmed with emotion afterwards she said she wanted to cry!  Thanks for inviting me, hope to see you all again soon!
14th June
Today I visited St Benedicts R C Primary School in Chatham where I met Reception and Year 2 classes. One girl who is only four asked some really intelligent questions such as “why do moths have patterns on their wings?” Also in Reception class one boy cried when ‘Fred’ the Hissing Cockroach hissed at him when he stroked it, but nobody got ‘pooped’ on for a change. Year 2 loved the bugs and most of them had a moth on their noses! I had the Scorpion in a ‘dark pod’ which was a cube, with me in one flap and the children looking in another flap which produced lots of “wow’s” when they saw it glow! Thanks for inviting me and also the lashings of tea and biscuits all day!
3rd June
Had a busy day yesterday at the Sussex Country Garden Centre in Marks Cross. Four sold out sessions of eager bug lovers! I was amazed at how much some of the children already knew about bugs, so well done! Didn’t have time to take any photos again apart from one of Emily who was helping me all day. She did a sterling job of applying bug tatoos to wriggling children! Thanks for inviting me, hope to see you again soon.
31st May
Had a busy day today at Millbrook Garden Centre in Gravesend. So busy infact that I didn’t have time to take any photos! Four sessions sold out, and I met lots of brave toddlers and older children who loved the bugs. When asked what their favourite bug was one boy said “all of them”, which was the right answer! One girl remembered me from her school when I visited last year. Very friendly and helpfull staff made for a pleasant day. Will be back again in October, so watch out for details!
29th May
Had a busy, but wet day at Brogdale Beastie Day today.  Due to the ‘damp’ conditions outside nobody went on a bug hunt, so spent the day inside doing arts and looking at my bugs.  Outside it was very ‘damp’ and there rivers running past the building we were in.  Later in the day the M2 was under water, so I hope evrybody got home safely?  Everybody loved the bugs (mostly), one girl tried to get rid of the stick insect she was holding and started screaming, she then dropped it on her leg and tried to get away, but it went with her!  No insects were harmed on this day, but one girl might be traumatised for life, although she did stroke a bug later on so hopefully not!
27th May
I was invited to Valentina’s birthday party today.  I first met Valentina when she was about two, and that was about three years ago!  She and her friends loved the bugs, but it was a really hot day, and the moths were very lively!  After a quick ‘Cocoon game’ and ‘Bat and Moth game’ it was sadly time to go home.  Thanks for inviting me, had a hot but enjoyable afternoon!
24th May
Today I spent the day with two Year 1 classes at Cliff Woods Primary School in Medway. They asked some really interesting questions, so well done! Most were really brave, but others slid backwards across the floor to get away from the bugs! One girl who wouldn’t touch any bugs eventually held a moth on her finger, so well done! One boy has Sun Beetles and a Millipede as pets, so I said you need more bugs and when you’re older you can do my job and take them around schools! Had a great day, thanks for inviting me.
21st May
This morning I was back in Eastry Primary School for sadly the last of my four visits. Today we were Froghopper nymphs, and blowing bubbles out of our bottoms to make ‘Cuckoo-spit’. We weren’t actually blowing bubbles out of our bottoms, but one constructed out of a plastic bottle with the end cut off, and an old sock tied over the end. This was then dipped in soapy water and the children blew into the top of the bottle which produced bubbles in vast quantities, amid squeals of delight! Despite repeated reminders not to suck on the bottles a couple of boys did, and promptly blew bubbles out of their mouths! While I was doing this activity with Miss Laker and small groups of children outside, Mrs Budden and Miss Maxwell, plus a student, were inside making all sorts of wonderful bugs. Just before I left, the children were asked to stand and raise their arms and pretend to be forest trees, I then released a male Giant Atlas Moth into the classroom so the children could see a mega-moth fly. Eventually it settled on one girl who froze as instructed and I retrieved the moth. I’ve done such fun activities with the children over the past couple of weeks I shall miss them, but on the bright side there’s about 30 more bug-lovers in the world, so my job is done! Thanks for inviting me and I hope to see you all again!
20th May
An even busier day today, over 800 visitors came in to see the fort and reenactors. The volunteers and reenctors did an amazing job keeping the visitors entertained. In the afternoon there was a skirmish between the English soldiers and the pirates and Doctor Syn’s smugglers (sorry, sheep farmers) from Romney Marsh. Even 007 tried to get in on the action in his helicopter but he was in the wrong time period! Great weekend, well worth a visit, next one is in September, so do come along.
19th May
A busy day at the Drop Redoubt in Dover today. Excellently organised by the Western Heights Preservation Society! About 500 visitors came in to see the fort, displays and reenactors. Napoleonic soldiers, Dymchurch smugglers (sorry, sheep farmers and local vicar), Steam Punks, 1st and 2nd world war soldiers, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership and even ‘Plessy’ the Tiger escaped from his cage. Yes there really was a pet Tiger brought back from India, it was kept at the fort and taken on a lead into Dover High Street for a walk occasionally! Had a great and busy day today, back again tomorrow. So if you want a cheap family day out (only £5.00 for adults and children under 18 free) do come along tomorrow and have some fun and learn lots about our past!
17th May
This morning it was back to Eastry Primary School. One mum said her daughter is now “bug-mad and loves bugs”, which was good! Shortly after that a dad said his son talks about nothing but bugs all the time, so I apologised, he then said “no need to apoligise, you’re doing a great job!” I took in a large native caterpillar of the Lappet moth to show the children and also a Poplar Hawk-moth, which soon flew around the room, then dived into the overhead projector! Miss Maxwell soon dug him out and off he went again and landed on a paper bag! Then it was all things spider. I showed the children some amazing photos of spiders from around the world, then a dead Tarantula, and a couple of cast skins. After that it was time to make some spider hats, which was a head band with eight legs and eyes which looked quite effective! Some of the children had great trouble folding the legs so the adults all helped. After all they are only four and five years old! Looking forward to my next and last visit next week
15th May
Today I took my bugs to Gad’s Hill Independent School in Kent, near Rochester. I was visited by Nursery, Reception Year 1 and Year 2 students. I was surprised by one Nursery group because everyone of them held all of the bugs they could, that’s never happened before, so well done! The older year groups weren’t so brave, but lots of them held the bugs. They asked some interesting questions and gave some interesting answers. A few were bug-mad so knew a lot about insects. They were all very polite and well behaved (unlike some of the bugs), so well done all. Thanks for inviting me in and also for the delicious lunch. Hope to see you again.
14th May
On Monday morning I was back at Eastry Primary School. As we are looking at mini-beasts I thought it would be a good idea to turn one ‘lucky’ pupil into an insect and then dissect it, to see what the insides looked like. No pupil was hurt in the making of this production – much! The other photos will be on my website later, but don’t look if you don’t like the sight of blood! After we had cleared up the remains of the insect, I took small groups outside to go on a bug hunt with my beating tray. We found lots of spiders and beetles plus a few caterpillars and other small creatures. They were all put in pots, then we counted them to see what the commonest group was, which turned out to be a tie between spiders and beetles. Whilst I was outside Miss Budden assembled the rest of the children around pots with bugs in that I had brought from home, which included moths, beetles, centipede and millipedes. Another great morning, wait for the next instalment!
11th May
Today I went to Beaver Green Primary School in Ashford and met two Reception classes.  They were so well behaved, I think they are the quietest classes that I’ve ever met, so well done all!  They really loved the bugs and wanted to hold them all and so many had a moth on their noses.  I can’t believe it’s happened again.  Nothing in six years then twice in the same week!  When asked where ‘Katie’ the Katydid has her ears, because they aren’t on her head, one boy pointed to his private parts and said “here”, I looked at the TA, and she noticed but didn’t say anything, I’d already told her what happened earlier in the week, but she had a wry smile on her face!  Very good teachers and staff are doing a grand job, so keep it up.  Thanks for inviting me again, hope to be back next year!
10th May
Today I took my bugs to Mersham Primary School for a return visit. In the morning I saw the Reception class and in the afternoon Year 4 class. Reception loved holding the bugs and I was so pleased that so many wanted a moth on their nose! When asked what ‘Horsey’ the Horse-head Grasshopper was one boy said a “stick Grasshopper” as she looks like a dead stick! She has never been called that before.
Year 4 have seen me before and they loved holding the bugs, apart from one girl who sat at the back and wouldn’t touch anything. She even had a job looking at them. Surprised me when she held the world’s biggest insect egg, and then a small Bull’s-eye moth, but the Giant Atlas Moth was a step too far! I congratulated her on over-coming her fear and she should be very proud of herself! Had a lovely day, and school diner so thanks for inviting me. At the end of the day a girl came in who I’ve met before and said “I love the bugs as much as you”! I’ve seen the Bug Roadshow for the last three years but can’t remember where!
9th May
I paid another visit to Eastry Primary School this morning, the first for five years!  Miss Budden’s Reception class were very excited and most of them held a few bugs.  Two girls wouldn’t touch anything until the moths came round then they held them, so well done!  When asked where ‘Katie’ the Katydid has her ears, because they aren’t on her head, one boy pointed to his private parts and said “here” so I tried to ignore him, unfortunately Miss Budden also noticed and burst into giggles, which set me off!  I said that’s the first time that’s happened, so it will appear on my blog!  Katie’s ears are on her knees if you are wondering!  I’ve got another three visits to make over the next couple of weeks and do all things bugs, which should be fun so watch this space!
8th May (evening)
This evening I ventured out to visit the Lyminge Beavers. They were a lively bunch! Many I have met before at parties, schools or other events and as they arrived cries of “hello bugman” echoed around the hall! A very popular pastime was a moth on the nose, and to see the Scorpion glow in the dark we all retired to a store room, and cries of “wow” filled the air. Thanks for inviting me, hope to see you all in the future!
8th May
I’ve just returned from visiting Dover College Independent Day and Boarding School in Dover. I met the Nursery, Reception, Year 3 and Year 6 students who loved the bugs! Many have seen me and the bugs before, as I have been visiting for about the last four years! A couple of Eri Silkmoth larvae went walkabout as they were ready to spin their cocoons, but I managed to find them before they got away! A lot of the older students still remember what the bugs are called and what they do, so well done! Most were really brave and held most bugs that they could and loads had a moth on the nose. It was a bit warm so the Giant Atlas Moths went for a fly around the room – twice! I was offered a really delicious lunch and afterwards the Year 6′s helped me carry the bugs out to the van. All of the children were polite and well behaved so well done all, you should be very proud of yourselves! Hope to see you again next year.
4th May
I’ve just spent the morning with the Reception class at Lympne Primary School. Their teacher Mrs Powney had told them they could have a moth on their noses, so a lot of them were keen to try! They loved the bugs and held most of them and they were very brave. ‘Katie’ the Katydid behaved herself for a change but ‘Horsey’ the Horse-head Grasshopper jumped and landed on a boys leg, but he stayed very still until I could retrieve her, so well done! Some Year 5 students also came in as they are studying rain forests and joined in and also held most of the bugs. Also thanks to Year 5 students for helping to carry out the bugs boxes to my van! Thanks for inviting me, had a great morning. Hope to see you again!
2nd May
Today I visited The Marsh Academy in New Romney for their Careers Focus Day. About 100 Year 7 and 8 students came in to see the bugs through the day and most held a bug or two. Some were really scared but eventually held one with trembling hands and gritted teeth! It took a lot of doing, so well done for conquering your fears, most impressed! The appearance of the ‘glow in the dark’ Scorpion was met with lots of “Wow’s” and “Sick” comments. A few wanted to eat Meal-worms which was good as my talk was aimed at eating bugs as a future food source, and I tried to convince them that there was a career in farming edible insects for a living, and they could all be millionaires by the time they were 21! One teacher I had met before in her previous school, and one student still remembers me and the bugs from when I came into her primary school years ago which was good! Thanks for the delicious roast dinner, very much appreciated and thanks for inviting me.
1st May
Today I took my bugs into Chattenden Primary School for the fourth year in a row to visit the wonderful Mrs Marrable’s Reception class. They were all really brave and held most of the bugs and asked some really intelligent questions for such a young age. Later in the day I was visited by the other classes in the school and some Year 3 children still remember my bugs from when they were in Reception, and asked to see the Scorpion and Millipedes again. They can still remember what the bugs can do and what they were after all this time, and I was pleased that meeting my bugs can have such a long lasting influence, and they still love bugs! Had another great day and hope to come back again next year!
28th April
I was invited to Tyler’s Birthday Party today but it was a total surprise for Tyler as his mum hadn’t told him he was having a party!  I first met Tyler at his school last year and his mum had invited half the class, so most of them had met the bugs before.  This is the fifth time I’d met one of his classmates, she and her sister have met me at three birthday parties and twice in school in the last year!  Tyler and his friends loved meeting the bugs again.  After a quick game of ‘Cocoon’, ‘Bat and Moth’ and ‘Sting in the tail’ it was time to get the art department out and everybody made a butterfly to take home.  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
26th April
I visited Worth Primary School this morning which is only a small school but very friendly staff and children!  I started with Year 1 children, then Reception came in followed by Year 2 class.  They all loved the bugs and some even wanted to eat a Meal-worm or two!  ‘Katie’ the Katydid was naughty again and jumped and flew onto one boy’s leg, but he obeyed instructions and stayed still until I retrieved her, so well done!  The Giant Atlas Moths decided it was time for a fly around their cage which was a bit distracting but the children loved it!  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time.
25th April
I spent the morning today showing two Reception classes my bugs at Brampton Primary Academy in Bexleyheath.  They were very well behaved and I was surprised at how many wanted a moth on their nose!  Even the teacher in the first class who wasn’t keen on bugs held a few and had a moth on her nose!  Part way through the second class her assistant came back into the hall and gave me an egg that had been laid on the teacher’s nose but nobody noticed it!  In the afternoon I was visited by two Year Two classes who were rather lively but loved the bugs and they all wanted to hold some.  Unfortunately we ran out of time so they didn’t get to hold the Giant Atlas Moth.  Busy day but great fun!
23rd April
Had an interesting day today visiting two Year 5 classes at Kings Farm Primary School in Gravesend, for thier Beast Creator topic.  Apart from meeting my bugs they had a busy day going on bug hunts, building bug hotels and watching a film about bugs.  Most of the children loved the bugs and even the ones who wouldn’t touch any had plucked up the courage near the end of the sessions to touch at least one, if not hold it!  One girl started in tears but as the session went on she held a few with trembling hands and gritted teeth, so she should be very proud of herself to have overcome her fears like that, it took some doing!  Had a great day so thanks for inviting me, hope to see you all again.
21st April
I was invited to Adam’s (in between) Birthday Party today.  His birthday was last year and he was determined to have a bug party, but never got around to it!  Better late than never!  Adam already knows quite a bit about bugs and has some of the same photos that I showed him in his science classroom at school!  Adam and his friends all loved holding the bugs – only one person got ‘pooped’ on and that was Adam’s dad when he held the Sun Beetle.  After a few games it was time to go home, so thanks for inviting me.
18th April
I paid a return visit to Churchill Primary School in Hawkinge yesterday to visit two Year 2 classes. They loved the bugs and they came up with some new names for my creatures such as Millipeter instead of Millipede! I was visited at lunchtime by a girl who I upset last year by showing her a photo of a Centipede eating a Bat! She couldn’t bear to look at it again but had a look at some of my dead moths loose in a box. I met her last year at another event and gave her a dead Giant Atlas Moth to take home. In the cage of live moths she noticed a beautiful dead Madagascan Bulls-eye Moth and asked if she could take that home. I left it in the cage to show the children as it had been clinically dead for at least a week! Anyway she asked if she could take that one home, so I said of course, as I’ve got loads of them. Off she went to her classroom. At the end of the day her teacher came to see me and said that ‘dead’ moth that I gave her had come back to life, and freaked her mother out so much she wouldn’t let her take it home! Sure enough on inspection it was still alive so I took it away. Her teacher called it a Zombie Moth! Both classes were so quiet and well behaved so well done! Thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
16th April
I visited the 1st Upchurch Cub Scouts tonight with my bugs. They were a lively bunch! Most of them held the bugs and the moth on the nose was a popular pastime! Even the ones that didn’t want to hold any bugs overcame thier fear and held a couple near the end, so well done for being so brave! Thanks for inviting me, hope to be back soon!
15th April
I first met Sarah at Rainbows and ever since then she has been badgering her parents about a bug birthday party!  Her wish came true when I came along to her birthday party with all of my bugs!  Sarah loves bugs and she and her friends wanted to hold them all, as well as a few brave adults!  One parent loves Praying Mantis’s and it made her day when she held one!  After a quick ‘cocoon’ game which the children loved it was time for the ‘bat and moth’ game.  Trouble was the children were making so much noise that the bat couldn’t hear the moths, but they caught them eventually!  Sadly after that it was time to go home.  Thanks for inviting me I had great fun and I know Sarah did, hopefully I’ll see Sarah in the future!
10th April
Had more than enough bug-lovers to keep me busy at Brogdale’s Beastie Day today!  Infact one girl came to see the bugs again after seeing them at Brogdale, and then her birthday party, and she couldn’t wait to meet ‘Millie’ the Millipede again!   Lots of bugs got hugged and nobody got ‘pooped’ on unless you count the Goliath Beetle which squirted out a 2′ jet of liquid poo that luckily missed everybody!  After meeting the bugs everybody went on a bug hunt then into the learning centre for arts and crafts!  Great day had by all, see you at the next one on the 29th May.
9th April
I was invited to Charlie and Ollie’s birthday party today.  They loved the bugs and so did most of their friends!  The ‘moth on the nose’ was a popular option and nobody got ‘pooped’ on for a change!  The ‘cocoon game’ was also very popular and there were some really good cocoons!  The sting in the tail game was a hoot, never laughed so much in my life!  Seeing grown men with tights on their heads trying to knock over cups was hilarious!  Thanks for inviting me, had a great day!
5th April
Had a very busy day today at the New Romney Visitors Centre for the Kent Wildlife Trust.  Four very busy sessions with lots of bug-lovers.  I was surprised at how many children wanted to eat a Meal-worm, so wel done.  Some of the adults might be having nightmares after having been shown some lovely photos of Maggots, Dust Mites and fried insects etc but the children loved them!  Thanks for inviting me, had a great day!
17th March
I was invited to Eti’s Birthday Party today.  He and his friends were a lively bunch!  They all liked holding the bugs, one little boy knew what they all were and he was only four!  Nobody got ‘pooped’ on but one Stick Insect lost a leg – but they are made to come apart!  They all loved the cocoon game and delicious cake then sadly it was time to go home.  Thanks for inviting me had a great time, but the bugs were a bit cold due to the snow!
14th/15th March
I’ve just spent the last two days on a return visit to Balfour Junior Academy in Rochester helping four Year 5 classes with their ‘Beast Creator’ project.
Day One.
I was visited by two classes of Year 5 students who loved the bugs! It turned out to be a ‘poo fest’! Everything seemed to want to poo which has never happened before! It started with the Stick Insect followed by the Sun Beetle and the Goliath Beetle. Even ‘Katie’ the Katydid had a poo on the floor which she doesn’t normally do. An Eri Silkmoth ‘pooed’ in one girls mouth whilst it was on her nose! It’s not really poo, it’s meconium which is the waste products from its time in the chrysalis and pumping up its wings on emergence. This was followed by the Giant Atlas Moth. Having been shown the photos of Head Lice, Dust Mites and Eye-lash Mites the children were asked if they enjoyed the show and most still said “yes” although there were a few “No’s”!
Day two
I was visited by another two classes of Year 5 students and repeated the process, but without the poo, well most of it anyway! They all loved holding the bugs and asked some interesting questions, and some even invented some new names that I’ve never heard for the bugs, when asked what they were! Had a great two days, thanks for inviting me back and hope to see you all again next year!
10th March
I first met Ruby two years ago in her school, and she’s been ‘bugging’ her mum for a bug birthday party ever since!  Ruby’s favourite bug is definitely ‘Millie’ the Millipede and she didn’t want to let go of her.  One of my Madagascan Bull’s-eye moths decided to escape from the cage and fly around the room, much to everybody’s delight!  After hugging the bugs it was time for the ‘Cocoon’ game, the room looked a bit messy after that!  Then it was time for a ‘Bat and Moth’ game, and everybody wanted to be the Bat!  Then we made some Butterflies and Ladybirds to take home.  Finally it was time for delicious birthday cake, then sadly time to go home.  Had a great time, thanks for inviting me.  No doubt Ruby will come and hug Millie again in a few weeks when I go into her school again!
8th March
I spent this morning with lots of students from Folkestone Acadamy at the Glassworks Sixth Form Centre. They are studying A level art and textiles and used the bugs as inspiration for their designs. They took lots of photos and also held quite a few bugs. The girls seemed to be braver than the boys! We took the scorpion into the dark room and watched it glow under UV light and the students asked lots of interesting questions. I had an interesting conversation with one young lady on the subject of evolution as opposed to creationisim, as creationists believe the world was created only 6000 years ago and I was talking about 450 million year old fossils! I don’t have a problem with that as everyone is entitled to believe whatever they want! Had a great morning, thanks for inviting me hope to see you again soon!
5th March
Had a very busy day today at Brabourne C of E Primary School.  The whole school of nearly 100 very excited children came in to meet the bugs and learn all about them.  They asked some interesting questions, and I’d met one boy at his last school, so he remembered all about the bugs, and knew a lot of the answers when I asked the class questions.  Very friendly school, children and staff, so I had a great day, thanks for inviting me in, hope to see you again in the future!
22nd February
I spent today on a return visit to Palm Bay Primary School in Margate, where I visited two Year 2 classes. I’d seen quite a few of the children before at parties, Brownies and other events. They were all really excited and asked lots of questions and one even has a few pet Stick Insects. Some had trouble spotting the Leaf Insects and Katdid because their camouflage is so good. Mrs Tong their teacher had taught them lots of do’s and don’ts when looking for wildlife, which was really good! Great school, thanks for inviting me, had a fun day!
19th February
I visited two Year 5 classes at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School in Sidcup today. They were all very keen on the bugs (mostly) and loved holding them, even when they got ‘pooped’ on! The children asked some really intelligent questions, such as “how does a Centipede eat a whole bat?”, and lots of other questions that I’d never been asked before! One boy was upset when he thought he knew what a Tardigrade was when shown the picture of one. “I thought it was a Water Bear” and his face dropped, but he was right! That is the other name for it! Had a great time, really friendly staff and teachers, thanks for inviting me.
13th February
Had a very busy day today at Brogdale. Lots of keen children and their adults came along to meet the bugs and some very keen ones even went for a bug hunt in the horizontal rain! Highlight of the day was when showing how my Jungle Nymph defends itself by laying on it’s back and playing dead. When touched it lashes out with its back legs which are covered in spines, and I try to avoid getting impailed. On one occasion I got hit by the foot which lodged in my finger and when I pulled my hand away flicked said Jungle Nymph across the room and it ended up behind a radiator cover! Needless to say there was a lot of blood involved trying to retrieve it from behind the radiator, but it was all mine! The visitors loved it and said if I could arrange to do that every time it would be great! Next Beastie Day is on the 10th of April but I can’t promise to throw the Jungle Nymph across the room again!
22nd January
I spent this afternoon with the Year 3 class at Morehall Primary School in Folkestone. They were very keen and excited and didn’t stop talking about the bugs when they went back to their classroom, according to their teacher! Only two children got ‘poohed’ on by the Sun Beetle, but that didn’t put them off holding all of the other bugs! Had a great time, thanks for inviting me.
20th January
I’ve met Gracie a few times before, on my night bug hunt a couple of years ago, and also at school fetes, so she invitied me and my bugs to her birthday party!  The bugs had stiff competition in the form of a bouncy castle, but I managed to entice a few children with the bugs, party games and the art department!  Had a great time, thanks for inviting me!
13th January
Ben loves his bugs and that is why he invited me and my bugs to his birthday party! He took great delight in telling his friends what bugs were what when they arrived! Ben held all of the bugs that he could, but hesitated with the Sun Beetle incase it ‘pooped’ on him, but in the end curiosity got the better of him, and he held it anyway! Thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
7th January
I’ve met Marnie at two of my previous birthday parties, and seen her in school a couple of times as well, and because she loves the bugs so much she invited me to her birthday party today!  Almost everybody got ‘pooped’ on by the Sun beetle!  The room cleared when I got my Jungle Nymph out to show the children, as it is a bit prickly!  All I wanted to show was how clever it is because it plays dead if it gets attacked, and lays on its back with legs in the air.  It’s a bit like a bear trap waiting to snap shut at the first touch, look at the photo and you will see what I mean!  After a few games it was time to get the art department out and the children loved making some butterflies.  Some put them in their hair and some made finger puppets to take home.  Unfortunately we ran out of time before we could play some more games, everybody seemed to enjoy themselves though including me, so thanks for inviting me!
6th January 2018
I was invited to Frankie’s Birthday Party today and I was kept so busy that I didn’t have much time to take many photos!  I met Frankie in his school last year so he and most of his friends had met the bugs before.  Some even remembered me too!  Unfortunately we ran out of time after showing the bugs, playing games and making butterflies with the art department, but thanks for inviting me, had a great time.  Delicious birthday cake as well!
26th November
I’ve met Flynn before a couple of times before and also met his older sister last year at a Halloween Party. Flynn loves his bugs and he has even got his own Stick Insects at home which is brilliant! His older sister will not hold them however, but after meeting my bugs, and she knew nothing was going to harm her, she held them all which was also brilliant! I also met Flynn’s cousin at the same party last year and she loved the bugs and held them all and she was only about three! Flynn’s Birthday cake was big enough to feed an army of bug-lovers and made by his nan, it also tasted delicious! After the ‘Cocoon’ game it was sadly time to leave and now Flynn is deciding what bugs to get next! Thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
25th November
I’ve met Greyson a couple of times before and he is obsessed with bugs! I met Greyson and most of his friends last year in their school and most of them loved meeting the bugs. Greyson’s Birthday Cake was a sight to behold as it was covered in bugs and snakes and also tasted delicious! After meeting the bugs it was time for a quick ‘Cocoon’ game and then it was time to go home sadly. Hope to see you all again soon, thanks for inviting me!
21st November
Had a very busy day yesterday at the Folkestone Academy’s Christmas Fayre! Saw lots of bug-lovers and also quite a few bug-haters too! At luchtime I was visited by three classes of Reception children from the Folkestone Primary Academy next door. They only had 20 minutes each so didn’t get to see many of my bugs. One boy said “I hate Scorpions”! When I showed him how they glow in the dark he said “I love Scorpions”, so job done!
Most of the adults who visited with their children learned something they didn’t know about bugs, so all in all it was a good day. Thanks for inviting me.
16th November
Had a very busy but enjoyable day yesterday at Christchuch Primary School in Folkestone for Children in Need. The children were absolutely mad on the bugs (well, most of them!). Each class only had about 20 minutes because there are 14 classes, so they only had a brief taster, but they were so enthusiastic and it made it a fun day. Even some of the youngest children asked some really interesting questions, so well done. One older boy said to his teacher “I hope he hasn’t just got a snail, it will be a rip-off if that’s all he has”, so I hope he was pleasantly surprised! With my small contribution we raised £180.00 with the bugs, and the school raised about another £150.00 for letting the children wear their own clothes instead of school uniform, so it was a tremendous effort from the parents and children, all for a worthy cause. I nearly forgot to mention the delicious school dinner I was given, Shepherds Pie and apple crumble with custard…ummmm! While eating several children came up for a chat and said they couldn’t wait to see the bugs, although a lot had already seen them before and couldn’t wait for another look! Great school, staff and children, so thanks for letting me bring my bugs in, hope to see you all again soon!
3rd November
George first met me at his sisters birthday party in the summer and loved the bugs so much he invited me back to his birthday party!  Most of the children have already met me and my bugs before, either in school or at other parties, so they knew what to expect!  Even though they knew that the Sun Beetles ‘poop’ a lot and the Hissing Cockroaches ‘hiss’ a lot they still wanted to hold them all again!  Some were a bit worried because the bugs have got ‘sticky’ feet but after a bit of encouragement they held a few, so well done for being so brave and overcoming your fears!  Everybody’s favourite ‘Millie’ the Millipede had a roam around a few arms and necks, which involved a lot of giggling, then after a quick ‘Cocoon’ game and a bit of ‘Bat and Moth’ it was time to go home unfortunately.  I left a few moth eggs so George and his sister Ruby can rear a few of their favourite caterpillars.  So, thanks for inviting me again, hope to see you all again soon!
1st November
On Wednesday I paid a return visit to Clare House Primary School in Beckenham in London, and showed my bugs to two Year 2 classes. They were an excited bunch! There were lots of gigglers when they held the Millipede, and even more when they had an Eri Silkmoth on their noses! Thanks for being so brave and thanks for inviting me again.
30th October (evening)
On Monday evening after being in Greenfields Community School all day, I travelled to Hartley near Gravesend to visit the 1st Hartley Rainbows and the 3rd Hartley Brownies. As it turned out a lot of them were bugs lovers but didn’t know it when they came in. One young Rainbow came in with her mum early and had a look at the bugs. When asked by her mum if she was going to hold any, she said NO! When the time came to hold the bugs she held them all! Some were a bit nervous but with a little encouragement they held some of them. Even Brown Owl held a few and ate a Meal-worm or two and some of the Brownies also ate a few when they left! Well done for all being so brave, thanks for inviting me, had a great evening!
30th and 31st October
Had a very busy week this week. On Monday and Tuesday I visited Greenfields Community Primary School in Maidstone for their two ‘Danger Days’. The whole school took part in 18 challenges ranging from ‘Mud Crawl’, ‘Paint Splatter’, ‘Mentoes Rocket’ and my bugs of course! All of the year groups were mixed up to get them out of their comfort zones, with the older ones looking after the younger ones. There were some very interesting reactions, from horror (some teachers had to leave the room) to sheer terror, when one teacher said “don’t get that out” and then ran out the room screaming! This un-nerved the children somewhat but they soon settled down again! Two girls came into the room and said “I’m not going to touch any bugs, I hate bugs!” They were aged about eight or nine. Before I started my talk I explained that a lot of people say the same but by the time I’d finished they love bugs and want to take them home! Sure enough at the end of the session they said “we love bugs”, and they both wanted to book me for their birthday parties! I’m sure there were also a few bemused parents, when asking what Jonnny did at school today, he’d say “the bug man took me into the toilets and turned the lights out to show me his glow in the dark Scorpion”! The only dark space available was the disabled toilets, so I took small groups in and shut the door and turned the lights out to cries of “WOW” as the Scorpion glowed in the dark. Even the Headteacher was amazed and cried out louder than the children! I should mention that there was a teacher present at all times! Had a great two days, thanks for inviting me!
27th October
Had a very busy day at the Windmill Community Gardens Pumpkin Party yesterday in Margate! Hundreds of bug-huggers came to see the bugs so I didn’t have time to take many photos! Everybody seemed to have had a great time by the way everybody appeared to be carrying carved pumpkins around. The children made their own witches brooms at the green woodworking area and there were other craft areas and plenty of delicious food available. The most interesting part was the compost loo – never used one before…. Thanks for inviting me, had a great day, hope to see you all again!
26th October
A slow but steady trickle of bug huggers came to meet my bugs this morning at the Tower Hamlets Forum Community Engagement Day in Dover. Some I’ve met before such as the Tower Hamlets Princess who is extra keen on the bugs, but particularly fond of the Millipedes, which she thinks are “cute”! She got ‘pooped on’ quite a few times by the Millipedes and Sun Beetles, but it didn’t put her off! Had a great time, thanks for inviting me!
23rd October
About 40 children and their families turned up today for Brogdale Beastie Day, so it was a busy day!  Lots of them hugged the bugs, then went outside in the orchards with Kelly for a bug hunt, and they found lots!  Luckily the rain held off and after lunch the children used their imaginations to make some weird and wonderful bugs to take home!  There were some really interesting bugs with special powers and one had about a hundred eyes, s great imagination!  Everybody said they had a great time, can’t wait for the next one next year!
17th October
Today I took some Giant Atlas Moths and cocoons down to a film company near Bristol where they wanted to film them flying and pairing for a new wildlife series for Sky TV. Their camera operator has filmed them before in Japan so knew quite a bit about them already. I offered my services and advised them on environmental needs and pairing requirements, so hopefully they will be successful! After dropping off the moths I continued my journey to the Lizard in Cornwall to hopefully catch some rare migrant moths coming up from North Africa on Wednesday night with the southerly winds. I ran my moth traps on Tuesday night near Coverack and it was cold, wet and windy, not very good when trying to sleep in my van! On Wednesday my friend came down from Warwickshire and I assisted him putting out about nine traps in various friends gardens scattered around the Lizard. I spent a second sleepless night at Kennack Sands and ran my traps in the car park which faces due south. It proved to be too windy to catch many migrant moths but I did get a Convolvulus Hawkmoth! On Thursday morning we went around to see what the other traps had caught overnight. We were not to be disappointed as all of the traps contained migrant moths including some very rare ones! There must have been millions of moths coming in that night, concentrated in the west but I even had some in my home garden in Kent! I had a walk on Kennack Sands on Wednesday morning and found quite a few Portuguese Man of War jellyfish in the grass behind the beach where they had probably been blown by ‘Ophelia’ the day before. That night will probably go down in history as one of the biggest moth mass migration events in the UK so it was good to have witnessed it!
14th October
I first met Henry back in the summer on one of my bug hunts with his younger brother.  He loves bugs so his mum thought it would be a good idea to invite me and my bugs to his Birthday Party.  As Henry’s guests arrived he was giving them a guided tour of the bugs and telling them all about them which was very impressive!  One of Henry’s young friends who is only about two loved all of the bugs and wanted to hold them all, and she showed no fear whatsoever, unlike her brave mum who was pulling a few faces behind her!  She could even spot the caterpillars which other people couldn’t see so I was very impressed, good to see somebody so young loving my bugs!  After some delicious birthday cake it was time to go home sadly.  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time.
13th October
I’ve met Emily a few times before and she loves my bugs, so she invited me to her Birthday/Halloween Party.  For a change I wasn’t the scariest thing in the room, there were plenty of Werewolves, Witches, Ghouls, Mummies, and Devils who were really scary!  They all loved the bugs which fitted in really well with the Halloween theme.  Emily fell in love with ‘Horsey’ my Horse-head Grasshopper and she was her favourite which pleased ‘Horsey’ no end because she’s never been a favourite before!  It might be due to the fact that ‘Horsey’ is printed on her birthday card with a speech bubble saying “Happy 7th Birthday Emily”.  I told her I taught ‘Horsey’ to say that, and when she got it perfect I took a photo and made it into her birthday card!  After a few games of ‘Bat and Moth’ where plenty of moths got gobbled up by the hungry bat it was sadly time to go home.  Had a great party, thanks for inviting me, and I’m sure I’ll see Emily again so she can renew her love affair with ‘Horsey’!
8th October
I met Iris and her younger brother and sister at Iris’s birhtday party today.  They were all very keen on the bugs and Iris’s favourite was the moths followed by ‘Millie’ the Millipede.  Iris’s brother was as brave as her and wanted to hold most of the bugs.  The Sun Beetle only ‘pooped’ on one lucky visitors hand to a chant of “poo, poo, poo” from the other children.  After some delicious party food it was time to make a few butterflies to take home.  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time and thanks to Iris’s dad for carrying all of the bugs into the attic!  Couldn’t have done it without him!
28th September
I spent a busy day at Ashford St Mary’s C Of E Primary School yesterday. I was visited by two Reception classes who mostly loved the bugs. There were a few tears however, firstly when my Giant Atlas moth flew off of my nose and landed on a girls foot! Secondly when a girl tried to hold a Stick Insect but changed her mind, and pulled her hand away, but the Stick Insect went with her! They were all very well behaved though and asked some very good questions, such as, if the moths don’t have a mouth, how do they breath? Had a great day, thanks for inviting me.
26th September
Had a very busy morning at Samphire Hoe, Dover. I was helping Paul the ranger with two classes of Year 6 and Year 5 children from Barham Church of England Primary School. While he took one class in the education shelter and did experiments with fossils and chalk I took the other class for a walk around the Hoe and we talked about plant defences and seed dispersal, then went on a fossil hunt, and the children found plenty of sponges, ammonites, Sea Urchins and Iron Pyrites to take home. After that it was a quick trip to the beach for a scavenger hunt where they had to find five different objects – plant, wood, something red, something not natural and an egg! They all succeeded apart from the egg which nobody could find. Luckily I brought some along and they were Welk eggs! One ‘lucky’ child got to close their eyes and hold their hand out and identify the object I placed there. It turned out to be false teeth plenty of which get washed up on the beach from the cross-channel ferries! So after an hour of all that fun we swapped around and did it all again! Had a great time and the children loved it and hopefully learnt lots!
24th September (pm)
In the afternoon I was invitied to Ethan’s Birthday Party.  He is only four, but he knew what most of my bugs were called, so I was very impressed, and his favourites were the Beetles.  A lot of his friends loved the bugs as well and nobody got ‘pooped’ on which was a bonus!  After a couple of games and cutting Ethan’s amazing bug birthday cake it was time to go home again sadly.  Thanks for inviting me.
24th September (am)
I met Edie at the Windmill Fete back in the summer and her mum and dad thought it would be a good idea to invite me to Edie’s third Birthday Party!  Edie and her friends loved the bugs, then we played ‘Pin the tail on the Scorpion’ followed by the ‘cocoon game’, and after some delicious chocolate birthday cake it was time to leave unfortunately!  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time.
23rd September
Had a busy day today at the Dover Big Local’s Urban Fete.  I shared a stand with the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, and Up on The Downs had their ‘Wacky Wagon’ next door getting peoples ideas on what improvements could be made to the River Dour as part of a lottery fund application.  I met lots of children who have seen me in their schools and came over to hug a bug again!  ‘Millie’ the Millipede was very popular.  Two Tower Hamlets Princesses came over and couldn’t get enough of ‘Millie’, she crawled up one girls arm, across her neck, and down the other arm, then ‘pooped’ on her shoulder on the way down, but she didn’t mind!  Later a young Air Cadet was dragged over by her older brother, who I know, to see the bugs, and he said “hold that one”, to which she replied “I hate bugs!”  After a lot of cajoling she eventually held a moth or two.  Then she held ‘Millie’ and instantly fell in love with her.  She spent the next hour holding ‘Millie’ and didn’t want to leave her when it was time to go!  Such is the power of bugs!
17th September
I’ve met Maddie and her family at a few of my events recently, so she decided that she would love a bug birthday party.  Maddie didn’t want to hold many bugs but she liked looking at them!  Her friends loved the bugs and some were brave enough to hold a moth with their nose!  Nobody wanted to eat a meal-worm though!  Maddies older sister Bethany wanted a photo for school of her reading her book in unusual circumstances, so I obliged by covering her with moths and a Millipede!  After a couple of games it was time to go home sadly, but I’m sure I’ll see Maddie again at another one of my events!
16th September
I took a few moths and caterpillars along to the Drop Redoubt Open Weekend on Saturday in Dover.  Before the crowds arrived I had a quick look down in the caponiers, in the bowels of the fort, and found two Peacock and two Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies hibernating already!  In the winter proper there are quite often over 100 spending the winter hibernating.  As can be seen from some of the photos there is still a lot of work to do down there, to tidy it up so it can be opened to the public in due course, so if anybody feels like helping, get in touch.  There are work parties every month with a great bunch of volunteers who will make you very welcome!  I also me plenty of bug-lovers, reenactors and Steam Punks, who were getting the children involved by firing the familiars out of their ‘cannon’ and trying to land them on the target!  Children were also being trained by the ‘Men of Empire’ to form a line and charge the enemy!  Had a great day, roll on the next one!  One young lady deserves a medal!  She doesn’t mind moths but has a phobia of legs and knees so was very reluctant to hold a moth.  After a lot of encouragement by her children and me she held the moth which has hairy legs and knees!  When I took it off her finger I thought she was going to pass out as she was shaking and couldn’t move!  After a few deep breathes she was OK, so she should be very proud of herself for overcoming her fears – it took a lot out of her!
3rd September
Xanthe’s Birthday Party theme was ‘Miraculous Ladybug’, so the bugs fitted in quite well!  Nobody got ‘pooped’ on apart from Xanthe’s dad, and he took great pleasure in inviting his friends to let ‘Millie’ the Millipede run up their arms!  Not many of the adults were brave enough to hold any bugs but the children were!  Xanthes dad also had an egg laid on his nose by the African Moon Moth as did I!  Delicious Ladybid cake decorations, then sadly we ran out of time.  Thanks for inviting me had a great time!
31st August (night)
After a quick bite to eat it was time for the Westgate Parks Bat and Moth Night in Canterbury.  It was fully booked by 30 people, but only 19 showed up, probably due to the weather, as there was torrential rain in the afternoon which wasn’t forecast!  They saw and heard lots of bats and whilst they were doing that I set up the moth trap ready for their return.  Much to my surprise I did attract a few local moths to the light – it was very cold and not ideal moth weather!  Just in case we didn’t see any I brought a few from home, but most of mine weren’t from this country.  Great night, look forward to the next one.
31st August (day)
I first met Lila at the Brogdale Beastie Day a few weeks ago.  She talked about the bugs all the way home, according to her mum.  When her mum suggested she invite me and the bugs to her birthday party she was over the moon, because she loves bugs so much, and she’s not even three years old!  I was really impressed by Lila because she held most of the bugs that she could, apart from ‘Fred’ the Hissing Cockroach, as he scared her at Brogdale by hissing, so she dropped him on his head, but he was OK!  Two sisters of Ugandan origin also amazed me, well the younger one did because she held all the bugs, and even ate a few meal-worms which she said tasted like ‘the flies’ that her grand-mother brings over from Uganda, and they are very nice!  Lila was brave enough to try a few meal-worms, as well as her friends, but she wasn’t that keen on them, unlike her friends, who ‘scoffed’ the lot!  After the cocoon game it was time for a ‘disco boogie’ in the lounge, then sadly time to go home.  I had a great time, thanks for inviting me, hope to see Lila again at another one of my bug ‘do’s'!
30th August
I visited Christchuch Nursery Summer Club in Folkestone this morning with my bugs. Most of the children held one or more bugs. Some have already met the bugs in their schools before, as I visited Christchuch Primary School next door, a few months ago. Particular favourites were ‘Millie’ the Millipede and the moths. The Sun Beetle ‘pooped’ on me and one child and later on flew around the room! This is the fourth year I have visited and the staff always look forward to my visits – well at least Paul does! Thanks for inviting me, hope to see you next year!
27th August
Had a very busy day yesterday at the Dover Regatta. Thousands of people came along to stroke a caterpillar or hold a moth on the Western Heights Preservation Society’s stand. I met a few ‘interesting’ people! One woman with a child came by and said “disgusting” when she saw the moths, I said “what do you mean disgusting?” “They’re ‘orrible, I can’t stand them!” One older lady wanted to release the moths because she doesn’t like to see things in cages, which is fair enough! Finaly I asked one young boy if he would like to hold a moth, and he said “yes”, his mother then shouted “NOOOO…”, so I asked why, her reply was “because moths feed on disgusting dead and decaying matter”! I soon put her right and said “well these moths don’t have a mouth, so can’t feed on anything”! “If they did have mouths they would only feed on nectar”. To which she replied “I’ve always been told from a youngster not to touch moths because of their disgusting habits”! So I saw the whole range yesterday from ‘disgusted’ to ‘in moth heaven’, so many children and most adults love moths and other insects, so it’s a shame that some parents try to discourage them from having anything to do with them! I should mention Mick Orchard, Mandy Whall and Kirsty Penfold from the Western Heights Preservation Society, who did a sterling job informing the public about the moths and telling them of the great job they and other volunteers do on the Western Heights and Drop Redoubt fort in Dover. Thanks for having me, couldn’t have managed without your help yesterday, great day! Forgot to mention the two Spitfires that did a fly past at 6pm, great to see!
25th August
Had a great time at Ollies Birthday Party today!  There were lots of bug-huggers there, some who I’ve met before at other parties and other events.  The Giant Millipede ‘pooed’ on one girls leg, then a Sun Beetle ‘pooed’ on two girls hands!  It didn’t stop them coming back for more hugs though!  We then played a couple of games and it was time for home.  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time.
24th August
About 20 people turned up for the bug hunt at High Meadow in Dover today. This was organised by the Dover Big Local. Bugs weren’t thick on the ground unfortunately, because ponies had grazed the meadow, but there was quality! Small Copper, Common Blue and Small White butterflies were boxed along with a wide variety of other bugs including Long-winged Coneheads, grasshoppers and spiders. For some it was their first bug hunt and everybody had fun and some even picked some Blackberries to take home!
20th August
After Ewan’s party I moved on to visit Alby for his Birthday Party!  Alby loves bugs but wasn’t sure about holding some of my giant bugs, but with the help of his mum, dad and big sister he was well away!  His favourite seemed to be the Sun Beetle as you can see from the photos!  This particular beetle ‘pooped’ on one girls hand – not once but twice!  I’d met his sister and her friend in school a few weeks ago and she loves bugs, so maybe I’ll be back for her birthday?  Thanks for inviting me had a great time, delicious cake as well!
20th August
I was invited to Ewan’s Birthday Party today and it was a total shock to Ewan as nobody had told him!  Luckily he loves bugs and held all of the bugs that he could!  Ewan has been going around Kent this year photographing butterflies with his grandfather and they have quite a haul!  They went on a moth night a few weeks ago and now are talking about making a moth trap.  I’ll look forward to see what they catch in grandfathers garden as it look really good for lots of moths!  Had a great time, thanks for inviting me.
18th August
I was at the Stanhope Community Hub on Friday with all of my bugs. Met lots of bug-lovers. One girl came in and looked at all of the bugs one by one and said “scary” and wouldn’t touch one of them. After gentle encouragement from me and her younger sister she started stroking them, and then held quite a few, her special favourite was the Bulls-eye Moths, so without this sort of interaction she would have grown up scared of all bugs, which shows why this sort of thing is so important! Thanks for inviting me, hope to come back again.
17th August
Had a busy day on today at the Dover Big Local Hub. Lots of children and their families came in to meet the bugs and learn all about them. It was rather warm in the Hub, so some of the Atlas Moths decided to have a fly around the room but all came back safely! Had a great day, thanks for inviting me. ‘Like’ Dover Big Local’s page and watch out for future events in the Hub and elsewhere in Dover.
15th August
About 50 people turned out today for the Rock Pooling event at Folkestone Warren which was organised by the White Cliffs Countryside partnership. All sorts of sea life was found from Blenny and Goby fish to Broad-clawed porcelain crab, Velvet crab and even Hermit Crabs! One young girl was brave enough to hold a large crab so I could take a photo, and jokingly I said “give it a kiss” which she promptly did, and then it moved, so she dropped it before I could take a photo unfortunately! There were visitors from Canada who have never been rock-pooling before, and also visitors from Holland who I’ve met before at other events over the past years. Everybody had a great time, so thanks for coming, watch out for the next one!
12th August
I took my bugs along to Ellies Birthday Party today and the first thing she did was to show me her dead beetle collection that she brought back from Austrailia!  Not only were there beetles but silkmoth cocoons and Dragonflies that she had rescued from water butts and swimming pools!  However Ellie wasn’t that keen on holding live bugs which is OK!  Some of her cousins did though, and even some brave adults, although there were a few screams involved, and it wasn’t from the ladies!  Some brave children and adults even ate afew meal-worms but weren’t that keen on them!  Ellies mum made a delicious bug birthday cake, and I was treated to a Redback Spider, otherwise known as the Black Widow!  We played the cocoon game and made more that a few butterflies to keep, then it was sadly time to go home!  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
10th and 11th August
I spent two afternoons with the children and young adults who were attending their summer club, this was run by Mencap in Maidstone for children with learninng disabilities.  I met some real characters and on the first day I was greeted by “hello bugman!” by one young chap as I walked in the door.  It turned out that he was really into bugs and held and stroked all that he could.  Some weren’t so brave but that’s OK.  Some had moths on their noses and some of the staff held a bug or two but weren’t that keen, although a couple had a moth on their nose.  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time.
8th August
It was Brogdale Beastie day again today. Weather forecast said rain all day but the sun came out, so everybody who went on a bug hunt in the orchards stayed dry, which was a bonus! 60 children and adults braved the weather forecast, and some even braved holding the fearsome bugs. Nearly everybody got ‘pooed’ on by the Sun Beetle including me, don’t know where it kept coming from! After the bugs and bug hunts it was time for lunch and making bugs in the art room. There were really some good pieces but by then my camera had packed up, so couldn’t take any photos. Everybody enjoyed the day, so thanks for coming!
6th August
Today was the Family Fun Day at George’s Barn.  This was the last day of The Big Summer Festival run by Up on the Downs.   I met lots of keen bug-huggers, some I’ve met in their schools and some I’ve seen at bug events more then a few times.  I was so busy I didn’t get a chance to look around, but there was plenty to do, and most families made a day of it.  Some of the attractions included feeding the Dour Trout, badge making, bug hunts and pond dipping, courtesy of Up on the Downs and White Cliffs Countryside Partnership.  Later in the day I managed to get a few photos of the resident Adders in the car park.  I managed to find two males and one big heavily-pregnant female all laying in a big heap!  There were so many people trying to get a peep at them they kept on being disturbed, but it didn’t take long for them to come back in the sun.  When I left I had another quick look but no Adders to be seen, but there was some Adder food, namely a Lizard basking about a metre away from where the Addrers bask, so it was dicing with death!
5th August
Today I was invited to James’s birthday party.  I first met james a couple of years ago in his school, and then met his mum a couple of times in the nursery where she works.  James loves bugs!  He held all that he could but some of his friends weren’t so brave.  After some delicious food we played a couple of bug games and then made a few butterflies to take home, then sadly it was time to go home.  Had a great time, thanks for inviting me.
4th August
Over 50 people came out today for the Up On The Downs Bug Hunt on Folkestone Downs and found some of the rarest chalk grassland species of insects. The Adonis Blue made an early appearance, but only males and no females and therefore no eggs could be found. The even rarer Straw Belle moth was found by one lucky individual! This moth is only found on the downs around Folkestone and Dover and a few other places in Kent, and one site in Surrey and nowhere else in the country! Two wasp spiders were caught along with capsid bugs, shield bugs, grasshoppers, crickets, micro-moths, snails, maggots, ants and even fox poo! Thank you to everybody that came along, hope to see you at some of my other events in the summer holidays! Two seven week old babies also came along, showing that you are never too young to come out on a bug hunt!
31st July
I spent this morning entertaining the children in the creche at the KLJ Jambo Juniors Scout Jamboree, at the Detling Showground near Maidstone. Aged from two to ten there were some really keen bug-lovers and some not so keen. Some knew a lot about the bugs which was good. Nobody would eat a Meal-worm apart from me and only one girl got ‘pooped’ on! The Jamboree happens once every four years and there are 6000 scouts on site including their leaders from countries all around the world, so it is an amazing event! Thanks for inviting me, hope to come back in another four years!
29th July
Forty-seven brave people braved the torrential rain and road chaos last night for the Drop Redoubt’s Open Evening and moth night! It took me one and half hours to travel five miles to get there due to the gridlock going into Dover port, lots or people gave up including the reenactors and the star-gazers cancelled due to the lack of stars to see! Apart from that we had a great time! I had a look around the ‘bowels’ of the fort before it got dark and found two Small Tortoiseshell and one Peacock Butterfly aestivating (which they do at this time of year to escape the ‘heat of the British summer’!), and they come out later in the year for a final feed before going back to hibernate for the winter. Also there was a Cave Spider alongside its egg sac which is about an inch in diameter! As it got dark and it stopped raining I got the moth trap out and attracted a few local moths, and also heard a couple of bats on the bat detector! So, had a great night, just a shame that more people didn’t venture out!
23rd July
A few hundred people turned out for Samphire Hoe’s Fun Day on Sunday! I was so busy I didn’t have time for many photos. I met lots of children who are familiar faces from schools, birthday parties and other events, and there were also lots of overseas visitors from Vietnam, United States, Poland and France to name but a few! There were lots of fun stalls to keep everybody busy including Insect Roulette, Splat the Caterpillar, throw the sponge at David the volunteer, and create the glow-in-the-dark-town! Of course all of this couldn’t have happened without Paul and Steve the rangers and all of the volunteers who gave up their time to help out, so well done all! Had a great day, along with a few hundred other people.
22nd July
Had a busy afternoon on Saturday on the Kearsney Abbey Bioblitz! About 50 children turned up with their families and we sampled three different areas of the park. The children were finding so many bugs that I had trouble keeping up with them with the identification! Later that evening there was a Bat and Moth walk after dark, and about 90 people turned up and walked around the park listening to the bats with bat detectors. I ran a moth trap which attracted quite a few moths as well as half a dozen Hornets which I potted and released later after everyone had gone home. The Giant Atlas moth by the way comes from Thailand which I brought with me, so don’t worry about walking around the park after dark!
19th July
I paid a visit to Kaleidascope Nursery at St. Josephs RC Primary School in Aylesham this morning. I met 18 excited 2 – 4 year olds. Some loved the bugs others weren’t too sure but most held or touched one. Even some of the adults held one or two even though they didn’t like all of those legs! Some of the children had giggling fits brought on by the bugs tickly feet. My African Moon Moth decided to take a quick fly around the nursery, much to the children’s amusement, before crashing into the window. I left a couple of ‘Delilahs’ (the Spiny Devil Stick insect) babies with the nursery boss as she is mad on all things with 6 legs, as well as Giant African Land Snails that don’t have any at all! Had a great time, thanks for inviting me.
16th July
I was invited to twins Holly and Katherine’s Birthday Party today.  There were some very excited children there and most of them loved the bugs.  Holly and Katherine are keen bug-lovers and loved holding all of the bugs along with their older sister Zara, very strange because mum and dad didn’t want to hold any of the bugs, and nobody wanted to eat a meal-worm either, can’t understand it, as they are very tasty!  I found out something as well today that I didn’t know, Fred the Hissing Cockroach loves chocolate, as Zara had some on her fingers when holding Fred, and he lapped up the chocolate!  After a few games and food it was time to home sadly!
15th July
I paid a return visit today to St Marys Roman Catholic Primary School Summer Fair in Whitstable today.  It was a very busy day, loads of bug-huggers, many of whom I’ve met before, so I didn’t get much time to take many photos!  It got even busier when the rain started to come down outside and it was a bit like playing sardines!  The Year 6 children were charging 50p to hug a bug to raise funds for their leavers party and loads of children and a few adults parted with their money!  Lots of children didn’t believe I eat Meal-worms so I had to show them over and over again, didn’t need any lunch!  Thanks for inviting me, hope to see you all again next year!
11th July
I had a great day today at White Cliffs Primary College for the Arts in Dover where I visited the Foundation class with all of my bugs. They were really brave and most of them held a bug or two. One girl tried to touch or hold all of the bugs but she couldn’t pluck up the courage. Eventually she held the Eri Silkmoth on her finger which took great bravery on her part, so she tried to hold the Giant Atlas Moth but it proved too much and she cried, but she should be very proud of herself for having the courage to hold one moth as she was petrified of most of them, so well done! Miss Pellow volunteered to eat a Meal-worm, twice, but nobody else would! At lunchtime I was visited by Year 4 who were absolutely mad on bugs and wanted to hold them all – it nearly caused a riot! In the afternoon I was visited by the Nursery class who were 2 – 4 years old. They were really brave and also held most of the bugs, so well done all! Hopefully I’ll be back in the future, had a great day, thanks for inviting me!
9th July
It was a VERY hot day today at ‘Jam on the Marsh’ which was at the KWT Romney Marsh Visitors Centre in New Romney. That might explain why not many people turned up! They were probably all heading for the beach! Most of the children that did turn up loved the bugs. They also tried their hand at making face-masks, a theatre workshop, had a delicious meal at the barbeque and it was all free! I managed to persuade some brave children and adults to try a meal-worm or two which they all agreed tasted quite nice! I met one set of triplets who came to see the bugs last year and their mum says that when they ate a meal-worm it created a memory for life which they will never forget! The favourite bug for the children had to be the Giant Atlas moths which were a bit lively in the heat, but one boy loved the glow-in-the-dark-Scorpion. Thanks for inviting me, had a great day.
6th July
Today I was invited into Singlewell Primary School in Gravesend with my bugs.  I met two Reception classes and one Year 1 class.  They all loved the bugs and most of them held one.  It was a pleasure to teach the children all about bugs as they were so well behaved.  Most of them said their favourite bug was the Giant Atlas Moths, one boy said the glow-in-the-dark-Scorpion was his favourite and another liked the Stick Insect.  So a great day had by all, thanks for inviting me, hope to come back soon!
5th July
I was at Samphire Hoe all morning helping Paul Holt the ranger with a school party from St Nicholas Primary in New Romney. While he took one class around the Hoe telling them the story of how it was created, I took the other class on a bug hunt. The children loved catching the bugs and we counted the numbers of the individual species. By far the most common were the Grasshoppers followed by the Moths. The children were lucky to catch three Great Green Bush Crickets which turned out to be two males and one female. When asked what their favourite part of the morning was everybody said “the bug hunt” followed by their lunches!
2nd July
Today I was invited to Louie’s Birthday Party with my bugs. Although he is only three he loves his bugs! I’d already met him at a previous party and his older sister has seen me loads of times, at her school, at parties and even rock-pooling! Lots of Louie’s friends loved the bugs and there was plenty of screaming going on when they were holding them but they kept coming back for more! Louie’s mum was the only one brave enough to eat a Meal-worm apart from a couple of the children, so well done! After a quick game it was time to get the ‘art department’ out so the children could make some butterflies to take home. One girl made loads so she could wear them to school instead of her ‘Jo Jo bows’ as they are much ‘cooler’! Had a great time, thanks for inviting me, sure I’m going to see you all again soon!
1st July
I was invited to take my bugs along to the Stelling Minnis School Windmill Fete today.  I didn’t realise that it was so large! They had everything there from steam engines to live music, lots of craft stalls and home-made produce etc. Well worth a visit if you haven’t been before. Had a very busy day so didn’t get a chance to take many photos. Met lots of children who have met my bugs before at parties and other events. Also met lots of interesting adults with stories to tell about bugs. Had a great day, thanks for inviting me, hope to come back again next year!
30th June
Today was Folkestone Academy’s Summer Fayre. I took my bugs along and met lots of familiar faces from past events, and had lots of interesting conversations with some of the teachers about the bugs. On display was some artwork created by students and I recognised several of my dead bugs that I had left with the teacher on my last visit in the drawings!
29th June
This evening I paid a visit to the 1st Wainscot Brownies who also invited the 3rd Strood Brownies to meet my bugs. Lots of bug-lovers amongst them, some of whom didn’t know they were bug-lovers until they met the bugs! One girl didn’t want to go home until she had shown her dad all of the bugs because she loved them so much. Had a great evening, thanks for inviting me.
27th June
Had a fun afternoon with a Year 2 class at St Richards Catholic Primary School in Dover today! Can’t believe it was a year ago that I was last here! A lot of them were terrified of bugs to start with but soon calmed down and held a few, they loved waving to my Horse-head Grasshopper, as she is very friendly and waves a lot! Some even had a moth on their noses! Thanks for inviting me, hope to see you again next year.
25th June
I was invited to Sebastian’s Birthday Party today.  He has so many bug-hugging friends that it was hard to keep up with them all!  They came back time and again to hug the bugs along with Sebastian.  Sebastian’s favourite bug was the Hissing Cockroach, followed by the Sun Beetles and Millipedes.  Everybody had a great time including me so thanks for inviting me, hope to see you again soon!
23rd June
I paid a return visit to St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School in Margate to meet two Year 1 classes today.  I met loads of bug-lovers.  I’d already met one class at a birthday party a few months ago and they still remembered lots of the insects and kept asking to see the “glow-in-the-dark-Scorpion and please could we have a moth on our nose”!  Very friendly school and staff, pleasure to meet you all, hope to come back again soon!
17th June
On Saturday I took my bugs along to Lyminge School Fayre. A really hot day with plenty of bug-lovers, many of whom had met me here last year and plenty more had met me at local birthday parties! As I was feeling under the weather I didn’t take any photos, but it was a very busy day! Hope to see you all again next year!
16th June
Today I paid a return visit to Daisychains Nursery in Ashford. Lots of bug lovers were there to hold the bugs and some enjoyed it so much that they came back for another look! Thanks for inviting me hope to come back next year!
14th June
I Visited St Josephs Catholic Primary School in Aylesham today where the whole school met my bugs through the day. I was also able to give a bit of guidance on ‘bee trouble’. A couple of children had been stung in the playground by bees, which I though was odd, it must be a swarm of honey bees I thought. When shown the problem I could see a swarm of bumblebees in the playground all trying to get in and out the entrance to their nest but somebody had placed a small piece of slate over the hole so they couldn’t all get access at once. A couple of minutes later, having removed the slate, all bees settled down so you would hardly know there was a nest there at all. I explained that the best course would be fence off the nest until later in the summer when it will die out naturally rather than kill the bees now. This was soon done and everybody including the bees were happy! Had a great day, thanks for inviting me!
11th June
It was a busy weekend as I was invited to Dexter’s birthday party on Sunday!  All of his friends in his whole class came along!  There was plenty to keep them occupied though, what with crafts, games and my bugs.  Lot of his friends held the bugs but Dexter wasn’t that keen, but that’s OK.  It was a very well organised party and everybody had a great time including me!  Thanks for inviting me, hope to see you all again soon!
10th June
I first met Ruby at her school a few weeks ago and she loved the bugs so much that she invited me to her birthday party!  She also invited a few friends along and they loved the bugs as well, which was amazing!  That mythical beast the Unicorn also turned up, not one, but a pair!  They loved the bugs as well so it was a great party.  They also got to hold some of the bugs that they couldn’t in school, so they were very privileged!  After playing a couple of bug games it was time sadly for me to leave, but I had a great time as did Ruby and her friends, so thanks for inviting me, hope to see you all again soon!
9th June
I spent the day today with four Reception classes of children at Shear Green Infant School in Gravesend. They came to see the bugs in eight sessions through the day. My Eri Silkmoth nearly paid with its life as it was squashed by one young girl accidentaly and it fell to the floor stunned. After a life-less few seconds it came around and spent the rest of the day being held by the rest of the children, so no bugs were harmed in the making of this visit. I could only get one adult to eat a Meal-worm, egged on by the children, and she quite liked it! Quite a few of the children were terrified to start with but most of them overcame their fears and held at least one bug, so well done all! Thanks for inviting me, I had a great but tiring day, and I’m sure the children did as well!
6th June
Had a fun-filled day at Queenborough First School on the Isle of Sheppey today.  I met three Year 2 classes who loved my bugs and we had plenty of laughs along the way!  Every time I wanted to show them a moth I looked in the cage and it had escaped, but when I turned around there it was on my nose!  It happened all day long but I can’t explain how it happened!  The children loved it and some had giggling fits when they held ‘Millie’ the giant African Millipede because her feet tickled their hands!  The children were so well behaved so well done eveybody!  The staff were also very friendly and spoiled me all day with cups of tea and even included a delicious school dinner – very tasty.  Thanks for inviting me hope to come back soon.
5th June
I paid a return visit to Shatterlocks Primary School in Dover today to see two Year 2 classes. They all loved my bugs apart from one boy who ran from the room when I got ‘Delilah’, my Spiny Devil Stick Insect out of her box! Only one boy got ‘poohed’ on by the Sun Beetles, but I got ‘poohed’ on by ‘Millie’ the Millipede, the Eri Silkmoth and also the Giant Atlas moths! Apart from that it was a good day! My Horse-head Grasshopper ‘Horsey’ waved to everyone, as she is very friendly, and everyone waved back which made everybody laugh out loud! I forgot to say hello to Lauren whose mum bred our Siamese cat, and he was looked after and cuddled lots by her when he was a kitten, when Lauren was about 4! I left a few Giant Atlas Moth eggs with one of the teachers whose husband reared them seven years ago, and would be over the moon to try again. Thanks for inviting me, had a great day, hope to come back next year!
2nd June
A really hot day at the Brogdale Beastie Day which made the bugs lively and the children even livelier!  My Giant Atlas Moth went for a fly around the room, much to everyone’s amusement, but I managed to catch it again!  Lots of brave children and their families came to hug a bug, go on a bug hunt, and make face masks to take home.  Look out for the next one in August if you want to join in!  Look at my ‘Other Events Gallery’ for the photos.
1st June
It was hot and sunny for my rockpooling event that I led for the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership at Folkestone Warren, unheard of – it’s never been this nice for one of my rockpooling events!  45 people braved the hot sunshine to look for crabs, prawns, fish and anything else that moved!  Two seals were spotted off the rocks but I didn’t get a chance to see them unfortunately.  Another unusal visitor was a Spiny Spider Crab, the first one I’ve ever seen but unfortunately it was missing most of it’s legs but still alive.  Have a look at some photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’.
28th May
Day Two at Folkestone Museum.  Less people came in than yesterday but there were still enough to keep me busy all day!  One young girl came in again and wanted to hold all of the bugs again, but her favourites were the moths and she desperately wanted a Giant Atlas Moth on her nose!  She ate quite a few Meal-worms as well which was very impressive!  Another young girl who is under two came in with her mum and her eyes lit up when she saw the bugs and she stroked quite a few.  Another great day, very friendly and helpful staff, so drop in if you have time – well worth a visit!  Take a look at the photos on the ‘Other Events Gallery’.
27th May
Day one of the grand opening of the new Folkestone Museum.  Over 800 people came in to see the new museum and the bugs, so a very busy day and I didn’t have a lot of time to take photos.  What I did take can be found on the ‘Other Events Gallery’.  Had a great day meeting lots of interesting people including a Hungarian family.  The mum wanted to hold ‘Delilah’, my Spiny Devil Stick Insect, then when she had a go her husband shouted “quick take it off before she wets herself”, much to the amusement of her children!  Many of the children had already seen the bugs in their schools so wanted to come and have another ‘cuddle’.  The street performers were really good and ushered lots of people in off the street who wouldn’t have even thought of visiting a museum.  It’s well worth a visit when you are passing, lots to see and do, and who’d have thought Wooly Mammoths were wandering the streets of Folkestone only 40,000 years ago!
24th May
I spent an enjoyable but busy day at Dover College independent school today. This is my third visit and I saw the whole of the junior school from Reception through to Year 6. Most of the children have seen my bugs before and my last visit was two years ago and I’m amazed that some of the children still remembered facts about the bugs, and they all wanted to see the glow in the dark Scorpion again! For many children the best part was when I had a Giant Atlas Moth on my nose, at one point it was so hot that it flew around the classroom! I had a delicious lunch in the ‘Harry Potter’ style dining hall, the only thing missing was the floating candles! Had a great day, thanks for inviting me, hope to come back again next year!
21st May
We had over 800 visitors today at the Western Heights Open Weekend and everybody had a great time! Really hot and sunny which is unheard of on an open weekend! I was on the stall run by the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership who manage the countryside around Folkestone and Dover including the Western Heights, and they had badge-making and feed the River Dour Trout which was extremely popular. I met lots of keen bug-huggers again, some of which I’ve met in their schools or birthday parties and some I am due to visit soon. Lots of reenactors doing a great job throughout the day and keeping us all amused, culminating in an attack by the French on the fort, aided by the Romney Marsh smugglers – er, sorry law-abiding sheep farmers! They soon captured the high ground and raised the Tricolour. Our brave British boys soon slaughtered them and their wives, who used to fight alongside their men-folk, and captured the French flag. To round off the day the Steam Punks invited the children to fire their familiars from their cannon, to see who could land one on the bulls-eye, so a fantastic day had by all and it couldn’t have happened without the hard work done by the Western Heights Preservation Society, so well done all, you should be very proud of yourselves!
20th May
Had a busy and noisy day at the Drop Redoubt in Dover with the Western Heights Open Weekend. Lots of reenactors, Morris Dancers, Day of Syn, Steam Punks and other stalls such as the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, and not forgetting ‘Plessey’ the resident Tiger kept at the fort as a pet! Plenty of guns firing including the cannon over-looking the docks, also plenty of bug-huggers hugging my moths, many who I’ve met before at their schools or other events. All of this couldn’t happen without all of the volunteers and reenactors giving up so much of their free time and some coming many miles to be here. Splended day, will do it all over again tomorrow. Worth a trip out!
17th May
I paid my third return visit to Chattenden Primary School today. I saw a class of very excited Reception children. They all loved having a moth on their noses and one boy was lucky to have an egg laid on his nose, much to his classmates amusement! When asked what their favourite bug was, most said “the moths”, One boy said “all of them”, one girl said “again”, one boy said “the glow in the dark Scorpion” and one boy said “the one whose bottom looks like its head”, which of course is the Centipede! I also suffer from that affliction! At lunchtime and in the afternoon I was visited by the older children, class by class. Year 1 and Year 2 remembered me from when I came in to see them in Reception in previous visits, and they still remembered what my name was and also some of the bugs which was good! Had a great day, thanks for inviting me again, hope to come back again next year!
16th May
I paid a visit today to two excited classes of Reception children at St Marks Primary School in Tunbridge Wells.  They were all geared up to go bug hunts outside after seeing the bugs.  Some had eggs laid on their fingers by my Eri Silkmoths and nearly all of them wanted a moth on their noses!  Only one boy got ‘pooped’ on by the Sun Beetles, butI couldn’t get any of the staff to eat a Meal-worm!  Had a great day, thanks for inviting me.
9th May
I visited the 2nd Sturry Brownies this evening with my bugs.  Some of the girls had already seen me at their school and enjoyed it so much that they passed on my details to their Brownie leader.  Lots of really brave Brownies held most of the bugs and one even ate a Meal-worm, but she wasn’t too keen on the taste and had to spit it out, but well done for trying.  Thanks for inviting me, great fun, hopefully I’ll be back again soon?
7th May
I first met Dominic and Amelia a few years ago and the first thing Dominic did was to have a Giant Atlas Moth on his nose!  Since then they’ve turned up at a few events and hugged a few bugs, but Dominic always wants a giant moth on his nose!  When I was invited to their birthday party I assumed all of their friends would be bug-huggers as well!  How wrong I was!  The first bug out of it’s box was a Stick Insect – it moved a leg – everybody apart from Dominic and Amelia screamed and slid back 10 feet!  It moved another leg followed by another loud scream and everybody slid back another 10 feet, by this time they had run out of floor and were all piled up against the back wall of the hall!  My bugs have never had this effect before!  When they saw Amelia and Dominic holding the bugs they all calmed down and found the courage to hold a few, so well done, some even asked for another go!  Nobody got ‘pooped’ on unless you count Dominic who got ‘Meconiumed’ on by the Giant Atlas Moth on his nose, so it went all down his front into his lap!  ‘Meconiumed’ is a new technical word I’ve just invented, basically when a moth hatches from its cocoon it pumps up its wings with fluid and when they are dry it squirts out the meconium from its rear end!   They all loved playing the games afterwards, then sadly we ran out of time, so thanks for inviting me hope to see you all again in the future!
6th May
I first met Leonardo at his cousin’s birthday party last year, then again in his school a few weeks later, and he loved the bugs so much he invited me to his birthday party!  We had a great time, nobody got ‘pooped’ on, and try as it might, the Eri Silkmoth didn’t lay any eggs up any body’s nostril!  ‘Millie’ the Millipede got dropped a couple of times due to her tickly feet, but I couldn’t tempt anyone to eat a meal-worm!  Had great fun playing the ‘Cocoon game’ and ‘Bat and Moth’ then sadly it was time to go home.  Thanks for inviting me, hope to meet you all again soon!
3rd May
I made a return visit to Beaver Green Community School in Ashford today.  I saw two classes of Reception children and they loved meeting the bugs and a lot of them had a moth on their noses! Some of the children wanted to take the bugs home with them because they loved them so much. The children were well behaved and quiet, so well done. Thanks for inviting me hope to see you next year!
2nd May
I visited Temple Grove Academy in Tonbridge Wells today and saw lots of nursery and reception children. They all enjoyed meeting the bugs and nearly the whole of one group had a moth on their noses which they loved. Only one boy got ‘pooped’ on by the Sun Beetle but didn’t mind. They children were very quiet and well behaved are are a credit to their school, so well done all!
30th April
I met Mackenzie at his school fair last year and he loved the bugs so much he invited me to his Birthday Party!  He and his rather excited friends loved holding the bugs, but not many of the adults would touch one!  Mackenzie developed a taste for Meal-worms and kept coming back for more but he couldn’t get his mum to try one.  They all loved playing the ‘cocoon’ game and the ‘Bat and Moth’ game.  Had a great time and delicious birthday cake by the way!  Thanks for inviting me.
29th April
I met some really brave Rainbows this morning when I visited the 1st Riverview Rainbows in Thong. Not only was it their first day at Rainbows for some, but it was also the first time many of them had met and held some giant bugs, so thank you for being so brave! Some of them even ate a Meal-worm and agreed that they don’t taste too bad! Only one person got ‘pooed’ on and it wasn’t me for a change! They all loved having a moth on their noses and some went a funny colour, because they were holding their breath so they didn’t swallow the moth! Some even had giggling fits because the bugs feet tickle a lot. One adult invented a new technical term for it – “Twiddling feet”! Had a great time, thanks for inviting me, hope to come back again soon!
27th April
Just had a great day visiting Churchill Primary School in Hawkinge with my bugs. I saw two year 2 classes and they were great fun, some wanted to hold all of the bugs, even the ones they couldn’t! The Scorpion went down well, it was like bonfire night! We went into a dark room and I turned on my ultra violet torch and the Scorpion glowed so bright, there were loud gasps, just like at a firework display! Only one young girl got ‘poohed’ on and I got ‘poohed’ on several times. They ‘loved’ the photos at the end, which showed them some of the bugs that use their bodies as a habitat, and when I said “did you enjoy that” the all shouted “NO!”. They had some really amazing questions such as “why do you look like a girl?” to which I replied “I am a girl – with a moustach!”. One girl was upset when I showed her the photo of the Bat-eating Centipede as she loves bats…and blood….and death, and dresses up as a bat whenever she can, and she’s only six!!! I had trouble speaking a lot of the time because I was laughing so much at their questions! Great fun-filled day, thanks for inviting me, hope to see you again soon!
24th April
Had a busy day today at Joy Lane Primary School in Whitstable. Started with a Nursery group followed by three classes of Reception children and an ASD class and then finished off with the Nursery children and a few extras! Two Sun Beetles were dropped along with a Giant Atlas Moth, which was nearly trodden on but escaped with a torn wing! One girl shouted “I love bugs, I think they are amazing”, and some of the others wanted to hold every bug going and they are only 4 and 5 years old, which was good to see! They asked lots of interesting questions and they were so quiet and well behaved, so well done all. Lots of friendly staff made me feel welcome, and one even has her own pet Millipedes and Stick Insects! Great day, hope to come back again!
20th April
I took my bugs to Palm Bay Primary School today in Margate.  I met two classes of excited Year 2 children and most of them loved the bugs.  One boy has his own Stick Insects another has a Praying Mantis and a girl has two Tarantulas which she holds, so I was very impressed!  The children asked lots of interesting questions, some of which I failed to answer, such as “why are Ladybirds called Ladybirds?”  I know now because I’ve just looked it up on Wikipedia “Our Lady’s bird” or the Lady beetle (Our Lady, Mary) was often depicted wearing a red cloak in early paintings, and the spots of the seven-spot ladybird (the most common in Europe) were said to symbolise her seven joys and seven sorrows, so now you and I both know!  Mrs Tong, their teacher, has a fear of moths, so I was really impressed when she held my Giant Atlas Moth, and she even ate a Meal-worm!  The class want their own Stick Insects to keep in the classroom, so I’ll let them have some when they’ve decided which ones they want!  Thanks for inviting me, had a great day, hope to come back soon.
19th April
Had a busy day today visiting St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School in Margate.  I was here a couple of years ago so it was good to see old friends again!  I showed my bugs to two groups of Nursery children and a class of Reception children.  Most of them held a few bugs, one or two even have their own Stick Insects at home.  They were all very polite and asked lots of inteligent questions so well done all, hope to come back again soon.
10th April
Had a busy day yesterday at Brogdale (home of the National Fruit Collection). Fully booked day again with lots of bug-lovers turning up to see and hug my bugs, go on a bug hunt in the orchards (I was amazed at how many bugs they found including a Devil’s Coach-horse Beetle!), after lunch we all made some bugs to take home, so a great day had by all. I met so many familiar faces, some who I met at Birthday Parties, some from last year’s Brogdale Beastie Day, and some from the Beaver’s Sleepover a few weeks ago! The next Beastie Day is on the 2nd June so book up fast as they are always very popular and fill up fast! Hope to see you at the next one!
7th April
Had a busy afternoon today at the Stanhope Community Hub in Ashford. About 90 bug-huggers came to see the bugs and get up close and personal! Most of the children and even some adults held a bug or two – sometimes with their noses and not their hands, so well done all! Had a great time, thanks for inviting me.
5th April
Had another busy fully-booked day today at Tyland Barn, home of the Kent Wildlife Trust’s education centre. Another 60 eager bug-huggers came along to hug a few bugs. One young girl said “I think they are amazing!”. A few more children had giggling fits whilst holding the tickly bugs, and I nearly had to send some adults outside because they kept answering the questions meant for the children! It was a bit like the Life of Brian – the stoning scene – when I asked “which child answered that question?”, an adult would lift a childs arm and say “me!” in a funny voice! So we all had a great time- couldn’t have done it without the families, so thanks for coming along. Hopefully see you again in the future.
4th April
Had a busy day today at the Romney Marsh Visitors Centre in New Romney for the Kent Wildlife Trust.  60 eager bug-huggers turned up to hug the bugs and had a great time!  I always tell groups about bugs that live on their bodies, and when I was talking about how they put baby maggots into wounds to clean them up one mum said “I do that”.  I said “are you a nurse?”, “yes, I do all the maggot treatment at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford and I was amazed at how well it works!”  Made my day!  I think she said she has done it 26 times so far.  Couldn’t make it up!  Had a great time, thanks for inviting me.
2nd April
I was invited to Olivia’s Birthday Party today.  I’ve met Olivia before and both she and her little brother are mad on bugs!  Before the party started I asked Olivia what her favourite bug is and she said “Centipede” which I thought was strange.  When asked why she said “because it’s dangerous”!  When asked what her favourite bug was after the party she said “the Millipede, Caterpillars and Atlas Moths, but I still like the Centipede”!  Everybody enjoyed the ‘Cocoon Game’ then sadly it was time to go home.  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time meeting so many bug-lovers!
27th March
I spent a busy day today at Gordon’s Children Academy in Rochester. In the morning I met 90 Year 6 children and in the afternoon 60 Reception children. Most of them loved the bugs and the only one who misbehaved was my Giant Atlas Moth, which took off and flew around the hall, before finally coming to rest on the ceiling! I managed to get this down later with the aid of a long broom! It was a sight to behold when I told the Year 6 children about Eyelash Mites which keep their eyelashes clean and healthy. Nearly everyone in the room was trying to rip out their eyelashes, until I told them this is a good bug! I was very impressed by how well the children behaved and they were all a credit to their teachers and school, so well done! Hope to see you again, thanks for inviting me.
25th March
I took my bugs along to Ben’s Birthday Party today.  I think this is the third time I’ve met Ben as he is mad on bugs, and he’s been to friends bug parties and seen me at school too.  The last time he had a moth on his nose and spent weeks telling all of his friends all about it, so when his mum said “what sort of party do you want” he immediately said “BUG PARTY”!  When asked what his favourite bug was today he said “caterpillar”, but he did have a couple of moths on his nose too!  I’ve met most of his friends before too as they are in the same class at school.  After eating and before playing a few games Ben’s excellent Birthday Bug-Cake appeared (see the photos in the ‘Birthday Party Gallery’).  To round off the day perfectly Ben found a caterpillar outside which was wandering around to pupate, so I told him what it needed and he took it home so that he could see the moth that would hatch in a few weeks.  Had a great time, thanks for inviting me and will probably see you all again soon!
23rd March
I was spoiled again today at Christ Church CEP Academy in Folkestone. I had a delicious meatball lunch followed by sponge and custard!  I had the pleasure of meeting 60 Year 4 children and showing them my bugs.  They were so excited that they got to hold a lot of them, some were terrified, but overcame their fear and stroked or held a least one, so well done.  After eating my delicious lunch a few Year 5 children came in to hold the bugs which they loved and at the end of the day a few Year 4 children came back in for a photo shoot as they had missed out earlier.  One girl said “can I take the moth home?” so my reply was “no” to which she replied “I’ll swap my little brother for one” to which I said “he must be worth more than a tatty little moth”, and she said “NO”, sibling love eh, had to laugh?  Had a great day again so thanks for inviting me, hope to see you again.
22nd March
I was spoiled today at Christ Church CEP Academy in Folkestone. I had a delicious roast lunch followed by jelly and cream! I was visiting two Year 2 classes with my bugs. I got ‘poohed on by ALL of the bugs, which is unusual, and ‘Millie’ the Millipede ‘poohed’ on a girls leg, but she didn’t mind as she loves bugs. ‘Fred’, the Hissing Cockroach, upset one girl when before I could explain what he does, he ‘hissed’ at her which made her scream and drop him, then burst into tears! I felt awful, but it didn’t deter her from holding all of the other bugs which was good! The children asked lots of interesting questions and most of them held the bugs, so I had a good day, thanks for inviting me, hope to see you soon.
21st March
I had a busy afternoon today at Hersden Village Primary School. I showed all of KS1 and KS2 children my bugs. About 90+ in total. Most of them loved the bugs and some of the older ones remembered me from last year and couldn’t wait to meet the Scorpion and Millipede again. Every body’s favourite though was the moths. Words such as “Mega-awesome”, “Sick” and “Amazing” were heard as I brought the glow in the dark Scorpion around. Thanks for inviting me had a great time, hope to see you next year.
19th March
Had a great time at Henry’s birthday party today!  Henry is mad on bugs and he and most of his friends loved holding them.  I couldn’t get anyone to try a meal-worm but the children loved holding them and trying to get their parents to eat them!  Henry’s older sister remembered me from her school when I visited a couple of years ago and she held a Millipede!  This time she didn’t want to hold any but her mum had a couple of moths on her nose as did Henry!  The ‘Cocoon’ and ‘Bat and Moth’ games went down well but there was so much squealing and laughter that the poor bat couldn’t find the moths to eat!
18th March
I was invited to the Sturry Beaver sleepover event today.  120 eager-Beavers from the area came to hug a few bugs and most of them loved it!  Quite a few had met me before in their local schools and still remembered what the bugs were and what they did, so well done.  The theme was Harry Potter, so the bugs fitted in quite well, and there were plenty of ‘professors’ on hand to keep the children amused with their wizard hats and wands and all manner of magic spells and potions!  There was a display of birds of prey on the school field which also went down well, so a great day had by all!  Thanks for inviting me hope to meet you all again in the future!  I was kept so busy I didn’t have time to take many photos, but you can see some on my ‘Other Events Gallery’.
12th March
I was invitied to Harry’s birthday party today.  Harry and 16 of his excited friends loved holding the bugs.  Squeals of joy filled the room when some of the children had a moth on their nose!  They loved the ‘Cocoon Game’ as well.  Harry’s older sister made the very delicious birthday cake and she is only nine years old!  Should be a chef when she grows up!  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
27th February
Had a great day today at Rainbows Nursery in Swingate Primary School, Lordswood, Chatham. I met about 40 three and four year-olds. Some were really keen on bugs and some weren’t! Some wanted to hold all of the bugs and some didn’t want to get anywhere near them! Mrs Chambers, the teacher, wanted to hold all of them and even tried a Meal-worm, but had to rush out the room to wash it down!!! One brave girl even had a moth on her nose and another said bugs are GREAT! That made my day! In the afternoon some Year 6 children came in and joined in but although they wanted to hold the bugs we didn’t really have time, maybe next time? Thanks for inviting me in – really friendly school and children, and so polite, so well done all! Maybe see you again soon?
25th February
I first met Chloe when I took my bugs into her school three years ago when she was in Reception Class.  Chloe’s mum wanted to do something different for her birthday party this year so she invited me and my bugs but didn’t tell Chloe!  As soon as I walked in the door she remebered who I was.  Most of the children loved the bugs and even the ones who weren’t so sure eventually held one or two, so well done!  Only a few of the children and a couple of adults ate a Meal-worm – yummy!  We had a whale of a time playing a few games and making butterflies to take home.  Chloe was over-heard saying to her mum “can we do this again next year please” which made my day!  I must be doing something right!  A couple of children took up my offer of free Stick Insects which was great.  I had a great day so thanks for inviting me – hope to see you all again next year!  Take a look at the photos on my ‘Birthday Party Gallery’.
23rd February
I paid a visit to Shorne Church of England Primary School today to show Year 5 pupils my bugs and talk about habitats etc. They loved the bugs and were full of lots of questions. Lots of them held the bugs and even some who didn’t overcame their fear eventually and stroked some bugs, so well done. One boy knew lots of the bugs names and all about them, (his teacher says he reads a lot of books!) which is good. After lunch I met Reception and Year 1 classes who were very keen also. At lunch-time a lot of other year group children came to see the bugs, and some even brought their parents back in after school to show them the bugs, because they enjoyed them so much! Brilliant! Had a great day, thanks for inviting me, hope to see you again soon.
19th February
Max is so mad on bugs that he wants to be a bug man when he grows up!  He invited me and my bugs to his, and his dad’s birthday party today, so they could all enjoy the bugs.  Max and his three brothers and dad are all mad on bugs, but his two cousins weren’t so keen!  Everybody had a favourite bug which was good, and most children and adults held one bug or another.  Pleasure to meet so many bug-huggers in one family, thanks for inviting me, hope to see you again!
12th February
I first met Emilia at her friends birthday party a couple of years ago, Emilia loved the bugs so much that she invited me and my bugs to her party!  She had a great time holding all of the bugs and wanted to take the moths home with her!  Most of her fiends held some bugs and even the ones who didn’t eventually plucked up the courage and held one or two, so well done, you should be very proud of yourselves!  We had a riot playing the ‘Cocoon’ game followed by the ‘Bat and Moth’ game.  Emilia didn’t want me to leave and she wanted to hold the bugs all over again, so I was very impressed!  Thanks for inviting me, had a great day and hope to see you all again next year!
9th February
I paid a visit this afternoon to a Home Education Group with my bugs.  Ages ranged from three to twelve so I had my work cut out!  They loved the bugs and most of them held at least one.  Some of the older children already knew so much about bugs which was good, and everyone loved the Scorpion when it glowed in the dark!  They were not so keen on the photos of Dust Mites etc that I showed them at the end though, and most of the children left the room, but the adults were fascinated!  The children were so well behaved which was nice!  Miss S and Master W made me some lovely drawings and bugs to take home, so well done.  Had a great time so thanks for inviting me.  I look forward to my next visit!  Take a look at some photos on my ‘School and Nursery Gallery’ page.
4th February
I Had a great time at Ellis’s Dinosaur-themed Birthday Party yesterday. Ellis and his friends loved meeting the bugs, but I think the most popular part was eating freeze-dried Meal-worms! One small girl tried one and said “yum” followed by some brave adults and children who all liked the nutty taste! One older boy kept on coming back for more and even took some home for his mum and dad to try! A fun party, thanks for inviting me.
21st January (afternoon)
In the afternoon I was invited to Tara’s Birthday Party.  I first met Tara at her school last summer and she loved the bugs so much she invited me to her party!  Most of the children had met me before as they are mostly in the same class as Tara, some even remembered my name, but especially the ‘poohing’ bugs!  We had fun playing the ‘Bat and Moth Game’ but most of the moths soon got gobbled up by the bat after a few seconds.  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
21st January (morning)
I was invited to Joe’s Birthday Party this morning.  Had a great time and most of the children loved the bugs.  One lady even kept Spiny Devil Stick Insects until recently until she got over-run!  The Sun Beetle only ‘poohed’ on me and nobody else!  They had a great time playing the ‘Cocoon Game’ but they seemed to be more keen on wrapping Joe’s mum up rather than themselves!  Joe was wearing a ‘Bug Expert’ t-shirt which was most impressive!  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time.
17th January 2017
I paid a visit to the 1st Riverview Guides tonight on a freezing cold night, the bugs didn’t enjoy the cold much!  I’d met a few of the Guides before as they were Brownies last year when I paid a visit.  They loved holding the bugs (mostly!) and quite a few took their own photos on their phones, especially the Scorpion which glowed in the dark!  Quite a few had an Eri Silkmoth on their noses but the Giant Atlas moth wouldn’t play ball so they had to make do with holding it in their hands!  Had a great time, thanks for inviting me.  Have a look at the photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’.
30th December
It was a complete surprise for Vinnie when I turned up at his birthday party with my bugs! He didn’t know that his parents had invited me because they knew that Vinnie is mad on bugs. He and his friends had a great time holding the bugs and learning all about them. A Sun Beetle ‘poohed’ on me and another boy but apart from that the bugs were well behaved. The ‘Cocoon’ game was very popular, as was the ‘Bat and Moth’ game. Have a feeling Vinnie will be a bug-wrangler when he grows up, he now wants lots more insect pets to add to the Stick Insects he already has! Had a great time, thanks for inviting me.
14th December
Had another good day on Sugarloaf Hill in Folkestone today helping 10 hardy WCCP volunteers clearing scrub. Very warm, even saw a Bumblebee fly by and also found an Oak Eggar larva out from it’s hibernation to do a bit of sun-bathing!
11th December
Had decent weather today for working at Denge Wood with the other Denge Wood Project volunteers. We cleared a few alien conifers from the site to improve the breeding habitat for the Duke of Burgundy Fritillary Butterfly, probably Kent’s rarest resident butterfly. Back in the 1950′s it was breeding in most woods in Kent, but now it’s down to just a few sites around the Denge Wood area. Here are a few before and after shots, and the next work party is planned for January if anybody wants to join in? We were honored by the presence of a Kent University student who is studying molecular biology, and he had a great time, he hopes to come back in January with a few more university students to help! Fantastic if it happens!
10th December
Had a great time at Rosie’s Birthday Party today.  Rosie and most of her friends loved holding the bugs.  Nobody got ‘poohed’ on for a change and everything else behaved, so it wasn’t a bad day.  After the bugs everybody played the ‘cocoon game’, followed by ‘Bat and Moth’ then made a butterfly to take home.  Rosie says she wants me back again next year, but can I bring a Tarantula and a Snake!
4th December (afternoon)
After going to Isabel’s Birthday Party in the morning I packed up my bugs and took them to Olive’s Birthday Party, so a busy day!  Most of the bugs behaved themselves apart from a Sun Beetle which actually flew and scattered her admirers!  I was very impressed by one girl as she knew what they were, as well as most of the other bugs, because she’d seen them at Nursery.  She now wants Stick Insects for Christmas!  Quite a few of the adults and a few children tried a Meal-worm or two and quite liked them!  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time.
4th December (morning)
I met Isabel a few months ago at her school and as she is mad on bugs she invited me and my bugs to her Birthday Party!  Had a great time and most of the bugs behaved themselves, apart from the Sun Beetle, which ‘poohed’ on one girls hand!  Quite a few of the adults and children ate a Meal-worm or two but I couldn’t get Isabel to try one!  Thanks for inviting me, had a great time.
3rd December
I was invited to twins Amelia and Mathilda’s Birthday Party today.  Had a great time and met loads of bug-lovers.  They kept on coming back to hug the bugs again and again!  Quite a few children and adults tried some freeze-dried Meal-worms and agreed that they taste quite nice!  The Atlas Moths and ‘Millie’ the Millipede seemed to be everbody’s favourites.  Had great fun so thanks for inviting me.  Take a look at the photos on the ‘Birthday Party Gallery’.
27th November
Had a fun day with the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership volunteers on Sugarloaf Hill in Folkestone, clearing scrub from the hillside. They’ve already cleared a fair bit so that the chalk grassland plants and insects can move back in. As you can see from the photos there is still plenty to clear, so if anybody would like to help please contact the WCCP. I remember this hill back in the 1970′s when it was alive with butterflies and smothered in wild flowers with the odd small bush on it. Now in places it’s thick scrub, but that’s hopefully going to change in the coming years with plenty of hard graft and help of the grazing cattle!
22nd November
Had a busy day at the Folkestone Academy’s Christmas Fayre. Met lots of bug-huggers and their parents. A couple of ladies were mad on Scorpions which was unusual, and one mum even had to get rid of her live bug collection on the orders of her daughter who hated bugs! Met lots of interesting people who loved talking about bugs. I dropped a box of dead bugs into the art department so they could use them for their students’ drawing activities in class which cheered up the art teacher immensely, she’s not a bug lover though!!! Had a great day, thanks for inviting me, and I may be back for the Spring Fayre!
15th November
I paid a visit to the 2nd River Brownies this evening.  They loved the bugs and were so excited!  Many had seen me and my bugs two or three times before at schools and other events, and they couldn’t wait to hug my bugs again!  There were plenty of “Wows” as the Scorpion glowed in the dark!  Quite a few ate some Meal-worms afterwards but I couldn’t get any adults to try them!  Had a great time, thanks for inviting me – take a look at some photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’.
12th November (afternoon)
I was invited to Bobby’s Birthday Party this afternoon, great fun, everybody wanted to hold the bugs.  I got the feeling the adults enjoyed it more than the children though!  The Eri Silkmoth laid eggs up a couple of peoples nostrils but apart from that all of the bugs behaved themselves!  Even the Sun Beetle didn’t ‘pooh’ on anybody and it was suggested she might be constipated!  Bobby loved the games and he had a great ‘bug cake’ which tasted very nice!  Thanks for inviting me, really enjoyed it!  Take a look at the photos on my ‘Birthday Party Gallery’.
12th November (morning)
I first met Flossie last year at one of her friends birthday parties.  Flossie enjoyed holding the bugs so much that she invited me to her birthday party!  Flossie loves bugs, and she held all the ones that she could, and even had a second go with some of them!  ‘Katie’ the Katydid was very naughty again as she jumped and flew onto one mum’s nose!  Everybody loved playing the ‘Cocoon game’ and we ran out of loo roll!  The ‘Bat and Moth’ game was very popular but the moths soon got gobbled up by the bat for breakfast!  Afterwards everybody made a butterfly to take home.  Take a look at the photos on my ‘Birthday Party Gallery’.  Thanks for inviting me, I had a great time and hope to see Flossie again in two years time as she wants a ‘Swimming Party’ next year then another ‘Bug Party’ the following year!!
11th November
I spent the day today at Christchurch Primary School in Folkestone showing my bugs to two Reception classes. One girl said “it’s beautiful, it’s beautiful” everytime she saw a bug, and a boy said “I love it, love it” everytime he held a bug! Another boy wanted to kiss all of the bugs and even maybe eat a few so I had to be careful he didn’t! A few bugs were dropped but none were harmed because the children were sitting on some new giant bean bags. When showing a girl a Sun Beetle, my finger touched the palm of her hand and there was a loud crack as a charge of static electricity shot through my finger into her hand, which made her drop the beetle and she said it “bit me”! It didn’t of course but it felt like a pin had been stuck into the end of my finger – lucky it didn’t go through the beetle! For the rest of the day I was getting small shocks from this one bean bag but not the others, so had to be careful what I touched! Had a great day, thanks for inviting me.
9th November
I paid a visit to the Folkestone Brownies and Rainbows this evening. About half of them had seen me before in their schools or at birthday parties and were keen to meet my bugs again. Most of them held at least one bug or insect, even the ones who weren’t too keen to try, so well done. Tawny Owl and some of the other adults even held a few, but some weren’t so keen and Vicky even ate a Meal-worm!! Had a great time, thanks for inviting me.
8th November
Had a great fun-filled day at the Folkestone Academy today! I was there for a student doing textile design who photographed many of my bugs for her A level studies. It was good to see so many familiar faces who I’ve met over the years at their primary schools and other events, and they all remember me and the bugs! Some new faces were mad on bugs, the vast majority of the teenagers though wouldn’t come anywhere near the bugs, but some overcame their fears and actually touched some, which made my day! I also met some children again who were at parties that I’d been to recently. At lunchtime I had three classes of Reception children come in and most held some of the bugs and they nearly all held the moths! It’s such a shame that somewhere between Reception and Year 13 they get a fear and disgust of bugs which is strange. Anyway, I had a great day and maybe I’ll be back for the Winter Fayre in a couple of weeks with my bugs! Thanks for inviting me, watch this space!
5th November
I was invited to Summer’s Birthday Party yesterday. It was a very boisterous party, as she and her friends were very excited! One of my Eri Silkmoths laid an egg up one girl’s nostril, and after a lot of blowing it came out, much to everybody’s amusement! There were lots of “Wows” when the Scorpion glowed in the dark, and even more when it moved, as did everybody else – backwards! Summer was even brave enough to eat a Meal-worm which she said was “very tasty”! Summer loved showing all of her friends the bugs and photos, and the games and ‘art department’ went down well afterwards. Nobody got ‘poohed’ on for a change, not even me! I had a great time, pity we ran out of time, but thanks for inviting me!
3rd November
I was invited to bring my bugs into St Faith’s at Ash, an independent prep school near Canterbury as an activity to keep the children occupied between the end of the school day and their firework display at 5pm.  It was a really busy two hours as all the children and their parents came in to meet the bugs.  Lots of the children held some bugs, and their parents regaled me with their tales of meeting some of the bugs in countries around the world, where a lot of my bugs normally live!  Great fun, and mega firework display, so thanks for inviting me to share this wonderful experience!
1st November
I spent a busy morning with two Year 2 classes at Clare House Primary School in Beckenham, London today. Very friendly staff and pupils and they all asked lots of good questions. I showed them all of my bugs and talked to them about different habitats and most of them held one or more bugs – even the ones who weren’t too keen so well done. Thanks for inviting me, had great fun, and I’m sure the children did!
29th October
After Harry’s Birthday Party I had to shoot off to Lindsay’s Halloween Party.  Everybody had put a lot of effort into their Halloween costumes and make-up, and there were lots of spiders and mice dotted around the house!  Most of the Zombies, Witches and even a ‘Pumpkin’ loved holding the bugs.  The ‘Pumpkin’ is only three and she loved the bugs and kept asking to hold them very politely, so well done!  They had a riot playing the ‘Cocoon’ and ‘Bat and Moth’ games and afterwards made some butterflies to take home.  Many of them said they would have me for their birthday parties next year so hopefully I’ll see some of them again.  One girl I have met at least five times at school, birthday parties and other events, but her mum hates bugs, which is strange as she loves them!  Thanks for inviting me, had lots of fun!
29th October
I was invited to Harry’s Birthday Party today.  It was a complete surprise to Harry because he did’t know I was coming with my bugs!  When he saw me he said “it’s the Bug Man” because he’d seen me back in the summer at another event.  He loved holding the bugs but some of his friends weren’t too sure, but they all loved playing the ‘cocoon’ game!  Had a great time, thanks for inviting me.
28th October
I led an event today for the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership in Folkestone Warren. It’s a shame that only one family turned up and they came all the way from Paris! Still, her son had a great time making two bug hotels to take home and see what lives in his garden in France. After making some bug hotels we went on a bug hunt with a ‘sweep net’ and managed to find a few late summer bugs such as spiders, flies and a very pretty metallic Beetle. After that we parted company and they went for a fossil hunt on the beach.
27th October
Audrey loves bugs, so her mum invited me to her birthday party with all of my bugs. It was also a Halloween Party so most of her friends came dressed as Witches, Skeletons, and other scary creatures!   Audrey and most of her friends loved holding the bugs so we had a great time.  After food we played a few games such as ‘Cocoon’, ‘Bat and Moth’ and ‘Pin-the-tail-on-the-Scorpion’, which all went down well, then sadly it was time to go home.  Had a great time, thanks for inviting me, take a look at the photos on the ‘Birthday Party Gallery’.
26th October
Had a very busy day today at Brogdale with their ‘Beastie Day’! 45 children plus their parents were split into three groups – one group stayed with me, the second group made their own bugs to take home and the third group went out for a bug hunt. After an hour we all swapped around so everybody got to do and see all the activities. Everybody seemed to enjoy the day and their favourite bugs were the Millipedes and Giant Atlas Moths. Nobody got ‘poohed’ on apart from me. Some of the children had already been to a previous Beastie Day and came back for another go and some had seen me in their schools so it was good that there was so many bug-lovers there! One girl loved eating the dried Meal-worms but nobody else was ‘hungry’ for some strange reason. When I was showing some of the older children my photos of bugs that live on them quite a few knew about maggots cleaning out wounds, because they had covered it at school during lessons on WW1. There were also plenty of “wows” when the Scorpion glowed, and one girl said “amazing” a lot as she thought bugs are so “amazing”, which was great! The next Beastie Day is probably going to be in April next year so watch this space!
25th October
Had fun today at the Whitfield Halloween Party! I’m usually the scariest thing in the room, but not today! There were loads of ghouls, zombies, witches, vampires and even a cat! For once I could say I was in a room full of ‘little monsters’ without offending anybody! Seriously, they were all well behaved (as were the bugs) and they couldn’t believe my bugs were real until they saw them move! I was even invited to judge the fancy dress competition, which was very hard, as they had put so much thought into their costumes. Had a great time, thanks for inviting me.
23rd October
Nearly 30 people turned out today for the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership’s rock-pooling event at Folkestone Warren. It was freezing so well done to all! We found Crabs, Prawns, small fish, Anenmomes and even a pair of glasses! Everbody had fun, even the ones who got soaked, so thanks for coming along.
19th October
Just got home after a hard mornings work scrub clearing on Round Hill in Folkestone with the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership volunteers. They are doing a grand job clearing scrub around the rare Adonis Blue Butterfly breeding ground. One of the volunteers asked me about the butterfly and mentioned that I found some eggs last time I was here and could I show him what they looked like. After explaining where the butterfly liked to lay its eggs he found one in 3 seconds flat which must be a record! Alfie the ranger for the site brought along some excellent home-made chocolate cake which went down well with the free tea.
What we actually need is about 100 extra volunteers to help clearing the scrub which is taking over the whole hill and smothering the rare chalk grassland and its plants, so if you can spare even an hour of your precious time please come along and help. That way your grand children, and theirs, will still be able to see the rare Adonis Blue in the wild around Folkestone at one of its few remaining sites.
14th October
I’ve just spent the day at Northbourne Church of England Primary School showing my bugs to the whole school. Had a great but busy day and all of the children loved the bugs (well almost). One young girl was in tears at the beginning because she was terrified of bugs, so I said she could sit at the back of the room. Five minutes later she had fought her way to the front row and started holding all the bugs she could, so well done, she should be very proud of herself by overcoming her fear like that! Nearly all of one class had seen me before as I had done a birthday party for one of the girls four years ago. Others had seen me at various events around Dover recently. One girl said “WOW” every time she held a bug and there were lots of “Whoa’s” when the Scorpion glowed in the dark. One girl had an accident before lunch – her tooth went through her lip, but she wouldn’t go home because she would miss the bugs, and she loves bugs, so how amazing is that! Quite a few children already have Stick Insects at home as pets and one girl’s father has 13 Tarantulas as pets! Thanks for the school dinner, very tasty, and thanks for inviting me, hope to come back again soon.
12th October
I paid a visit tonight to the ladies of the Woodnesborough Womens Institute AGM with my bugs. They absolutely loved them, but not many held any, but the ones who were a bit shy were still fascinated by them. Lovely tea and cake afterwards, so thanks for inviting me, had a great time.
10th and 11th October
I’ve just spent two days in Charlton Church Of England Primary School in Dover as part of their science week. I used my bugs to teach the children about classification, herbivores, carnivores, detritivores, habitats, life-cycles, animals with and without skeletons, communication, food chains and heart and circulation! I turned three unsuspecting pupils into an insect, and then dissected them to show them the heart and circulation of an insect! Most of the 200+ pupils loved my bugs, but even the ones who didn’t were still fascinated by them. Only a few children got ‘pooped’ on and no animals or children were hurt in the presentations! They particularly loved my Centipede with a false head on its bottom, and almost one whole Year Two class had a moth on their noses which caused uproar! Lots of the children had already met me a few times at Brownies, Guides and various other events around Dover. The best compliment I was paid was when showing them my glow-in-the-dark-Scorpion. I told them that a chemical in the Scorpion’s skin reacts with ultra violet light but nobody knows the reason why. One girl shouted out “not even you?” and I said “no, not even me!” Anyway thanks for inviting me, look forward to coming back again in the future!
9th October
Had a great time at Elliot’s Birthday Party today.  Because he likes bugs so much he decided to have a bug party after seeing me in his school and also at another party.  He and most of his friends loved holding the bugs and everyone seemed to have a different favourite one!  The Sun Beetle ‘poohed’ on only one person and it wasn’t me for a change!  ‘Millie’ the Millipede embarrassed herself by ‘poohing’ on an admirer which is very unusual (I put it down to a change of diet!).  The ‘Bat and Moth’ game was very popular and there was so much screaming going on the bat couldn’t find its food!  Great day, thanks for inviting me.
5th October
Just got home from a few hours clearing scrub on Roundhill in Folkestone with a band of keen volunteers. The main aim is to clear scrub that is encroaching on the breeding ground of the rare Adonis Blue Butterfly. I managed to find a few eggs and a bit of feeding damage on some Horseshoe Vetch which is the caterpillar’s foodplant. The white dots in the centre of the photo of the close-up of the foodplant are it’s eggs and I think I can count eight (see Other Events Gallery). The caterpillars will hibernate underground for the winter and have a close association with ants which guard them from predators and in return the ants get a sugary substance which is produced by the caterpillar from a special gland on its back! The butterfly will only lay its eggs on plants that are growing on bare chalk as its larvae are heat-lovers, which is why grazing with cattle is so important as they scuff up the ground and create bare patches of chalk. Without grazing the butterfly would join a long list of butterflies and moths that we have lost in Kent due to lack of habitat management, so if you have a few hours to spare to save some rare wildlife, contact the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership on 01304 241806 for more information.
27th September
I spent this morning with Year 6 children at the Willow Bank Primary School in Thamesmead. Great fun showing them all of my bugs and talking about evolution. Some of the adults couldn’t believe some of the insects were real as their camouflage is amazing. ‘Katie’ the Katydid was naughty again and flew onto a boys leg but she and he survived the ordeal unscathed! The Sun Beetles only ‘poohed’ on one unfortunate girls hand and not me for a change! The children asked some really interesting questions so well done. So, a great day had by all, thanks for inviting me hope to see you again.
25th September (afternoon)
In the afternoon I was invited to Charlotte’s Birthday Party. I met her a few weeks ago at her school fair and she is mad on bugs. I had lots of fun showing the children my bugs and quite a few wanted to take moth eggs home so they could grow thier own caterpillars which is good. The ‘Cocoon’ game was very popular and I was amazed by how many children managed to ‘pin the tail on the Scorpion’ even though they were blindfolded! I checked the blindfold because I was sure there must be a hole in it but there wasn’t!  Great fun, thanks for inviting me!
25th September (morning)
This morning I was invited to Harvey’s Birthday Party. I met Harvey a few weeks ago when I took my bugs into his school, so most of his friends had seen most of the bugs before but they were still keen to hold them. The ‘Cocoon’ game was very popular as well as the ‘Bat and Moth’ game, then we ran out of time unfortunately, but Harvey and I had a great time so thanks for inviting me.
24th September
I spent all day at Samphire Hoe for Eurotunnel’s Family Fun Day. Lots of things going on such as rock-pooling, bug hunts, children’s games etc followed by the evening meal and live music and shadow puppets. Lots of the children were dressed as superheroes as well as some of the adults, so it was a fun day.
18th September
I was invited to Sam’s Birthday Party today with all of my bugs.  They were a lively lot and so were my bugs.  I first met Sam two years ago when I visited his school, so most of his friends have seen me before.  Sam is mad on Scorpions and wants one as a pet but I don’t think kis parents are that keen!!!  Anyway, great party, thanks for inviting me.
7th September
Day two at Balfour Junior School in Rochester.  I met another 60 Year 5 children today with my bugs for their Beast Creator topic.  They were a lively bunch and wanted to hold all of the bugs.  Their favourites were the Giant Atlas Moths, Eri Silkmoths (which they all wanted on their noses, with lots of giggling involved) the glow-in-the-dark-Scorpion, Giant African Millipedes and one girl thought the Eri Silkmoth caterpillars were really cute and wanted to take them home.  When I told the children that I had left some eggs with Mr Kirk (their Assistant Head Yr 4/5 Leader), they were so excited that they all wanted to take some home and rear them.  So, another great day, thanks for inviting me hope to see you next year!
6th September
I’ve been at Balfour Junior School in Rochester all day showing my bugs to 60 year 5 children.  What an absolute pleasure, they were so well behaved and polite that it was a pleasure to meet them all!  They were so enthusiastic and wanted to hold all of the bugs and asked loads of intelligent questions, so well done, you should all be very proud of yourselves!  So many wanted a moth on their nose as well as their fingers that it was hard to keep to keep up with them, and so many wanted to hold the bugs twice, some even wanted to take them home!  I’ve never met such an enthusiastic bunch, so I really enjoyed the day, thanks for inviting me.
3rd September
Oliver is mad on bugs so he invited me to his birthday party so I could show him and all of his friends my bugs.  A lot of them held the bugs and one of them even ate a couple of freeze-dried Meal-worms!
I left a few Eri Silkmoth eggs with some eager parents so that they can rear their own moths.  When asked what was your favourite bug Oliver replied “all of them”, which was the right answer!  Pin-the-tail-on-the-Scorpion was a popular game, and two young boys managed to get it in exactly the right place whist blindfolded which was amazing!  Great fun, thanks for inviting me.
31st August
I was invitied to Isis’s birthday party after meeting her at one of my events recently.  I had a great time showing her and all of her friends my bugs.  Nobody got ‘pooped’ on for a change but my Eri Silkmoth tried to lay an egg up somebody’s nostril which was funny to watch.  It also laid quite a few eggs on peolpe’s fingers, and I left plenty behind so that they can rear their own moths, so a great time had by all, thanks for inviting me.
29th August
Bugfest at Samphire Hoe was a truly international affair!  Not only do my bugs come from all around the world but a lot of my visitors did also!  I had families from India, America, South Africa and Thailand, and there were also a lot of UK visitors on their summer hols!  Hundreds of people came to see and hold the bugs and it was so busy that I only managed to take a couple of photos.  Lots of families also came to go on a bug hunt and make some bugs to take home with Paul Holt the ranger for the ‘Hoe, so it was a very busy day.
28th August
Day two of the Brogdale Cider Festival.  Hundreds of people came in to see the Bug Roadshow, so I was rushed off my feet for most of the day.  I met some really interesting people who had lots of tales to tell about their bug experiences, including a family from India who recognised my Centipede instantly as the father had been bitten by a small one when he was a boy, and the pain lasted for four days!  There were lots of ‘Wow’s’ as the Scorpion glowed in the dark so it made my day to make so many people very happy looking at and holding the bugs!  Can’t wait until the next event!
27th August
Day one and the Brogdale Cider Festival was heaving with people. I saw hundreds of keen and not so keen bug-huggers that came in to see my bugs in the Russet Room. Some remembered me from the Cider Festival last year and came back to hug a bug or two again! Some people said the bugs were the best part as they get to hold so many different giant tropical bugs! Only one girl was brave enough to eat a freeze-dried Meal-worm which she said tasted nice, she wasn’t too keen on the Cricket that left an after-taste though, but well done for eating them!  Look at the photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’.
26th August
The Bat and Moth night at Westgate Park in Canterbury organised by the Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership was fully booked!  Lots of Bats were seen and heard with Bat detectors around the river area, then everybody came to see what the moth trap had caught.  All of the children wanted to hold the Giant Atlas Moth that I had brought along, so everybody went home happy.  Great event thanks for inviting me.
23rd August
I met lots of keen bug-huggers at the Cuxton Sure Start’s 10th aniversery Fun Day. It was extremely hot and all of my bugs were a bit lively, but I managed to let the children hold a few which didn’t try to fly away. Thanks for inviting me, hope to see you all soon!
22nd August
Had a very busy day at Brogdale (home of the National Fruit Collection) taking part in their Beastie Day.  Over 40 children and their families came along to hug a bug or two, go on a bug hunt and make a bug to take home.  They all seemed to enjoy themselves so thanks for inviting me.  I was asked if the Eri Silk-moth eggs were going to hatch and I said no, because the female hasn’t had a ‘friendly cuddle’ with a male.  With that a young boy said “I’ll take it home and give it a ‘friendly cuddle’!”.  Great day, look forward to the next one.
21st August
I was invited to Mason’s birthday party today. Had a great time showing Mason and all of his friends my bugs. Some were really brave as they weren’t too sure about holding them but they did, so well done all! I got ‘pooped’ on by my Sun Beetle and nobody else did for a change! Couldn’t get anyone to eat a freeze-dried Meal-worm no matter how hard I tried, even though I showed them how to do it, and by the look on some of the adults faces I thought they were going to show me what they had for lunch! Thanks for inviting me, great fun.
20th August
I joined Alfie who is employed by the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership and who is the ranger for the Folkestone Downs on his bug hunt today. Unfortunately only one family turned up, probably due to the strong winds that were forecast. However they managed to find plenty of insects including two Wasp Spiders, Adonis Blue, Common Blue, Wall Brown, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper and Small Heath Butterflies, a Dark Bush Cricket and a Hornet-mimicking Hoverfly. The Adonis Blue Butterfly appeared to be feeding on a dog poo which they are known to do! If you like bug hunting, don’t forget that I am running one for the WCCP at Folkestone Warren on the 30th August, so come along and see what you can find!
19th August
Had a busy day today at the Strood Early Years Centre’s Summer Fun Day. Not much like summer unfortunately as it had to be held inside due to the bad weather forecast! Didn’t take many photos but met some keen bug-huggers! Thanks for inviting me hope to come back soon!
16th August evening
Lots of families braved the cold wind to join me on a night-time bug hunt at Samphire Hoe.  We started off by going on a bug hunt in daylight and the children found loads of Grasshoppers, Crickets (including a few female Great Green Bush Crickets) caterpillars of the Bordered Sallow Moth, quite a few Harvestman Spiders and the odd slug.  We then had a game of ‘Bat and Moth’ which was hilarious to watch as the blindfolded ‘Bat’ chased the ‘Moths’ who were wearing bells around their wrists and trying not to be eaten by the Bat.  At one point the Moths were even taunting the Bat and you could see the ‘arms race’ developing between the two as happened in nature!  In the end the Moths all succumbed and ended up as breakfast for the Bat!
Everybody then had their picnic in the education shelter before venturing out for a night-time bug hunt and a look at the moth trap.  Lots of the same insects were found as in the day-light search but quite a few Beetles were also found as they come out after dark.  The moth trap didn’t catch many moths due the wind and full moon but I had a few of my giant Moths on hand and everybody wanted to hold one!  Everybody said they’d had a great time including me so thank you everybody for coming along!
16th August afternoon
I joined Alfie the WCCP ranger for the Folkestone Downs on his bug hunt yesterday. Here are a few photos. The children found all sorts of creatures ranging from Great Green Bush Crickets to tiny Capsid bugs and Butterflies, one even managed to catch a Silver Y Moth. This was probably a home-bred one, but this moth is a migrant from southern Europe and every year they fly north to breed, then in the autumn they fly south again. All of the children had a great time and learned lots about the insects they caught in the process so well done.
13th August PM
I met loads of bug-lovers at the Kent Wildlife Trust’s Visitor Centre at Reculver.  They all loved holding the bugs but I couldn’t get anybody to eat one!  All of the bugs behaved themselves for a change and nobody got ‘pooped’ on!  Lots of the children were brave enough to have a moth on their noses so well done.  Had great fun, hope to come back soon!  Take a look at my ‘Othere Events Gallery’ to see the photos.
12th/13th August
I was invited along on Friday night to the Action For Children, Folkestone Early Years Children’s Centre’s annual two day camping trip in Dover. I took a few of my bugs for the children to hold, then we all went on a bug hunt to see what we could find. There were loads of spiders that fell out on to my beating tray and quite a few long-winged coneheads, which are Bush Crickets. The children loved catching them in their bug pots and having a close look! Some even caught small Grass Moths which take some catching, so well done. After dark I set up my moth trap and then we went on another bug hunt. There weren’t that many bugs to be found unfortunately but the children had fun, then it was back to the bonfire and toasted Marshmallows! In the morning I went back again to see what the moth trap had caught, and there were quite a few moths, but the star was a big fat female Poplar Hawk-moth! The children asked to go on another bug hunt again before I left because they enjoyed it so much, but unfortunately I had to leave to get my bugs ready for a visit to Reculver in the afternoon. Thanks for inviting me had a great time, hope to see you again next year!
11th August
49 people braved the weather this morning to join me on a rock-pool event organised by the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership! I had trouble finding anything, but the children were finding all sorts of creatures! Prawns, Shrimps, Shore Crabs, Velvet Swimming Crabs, Hermit Crabs, one Goby Fish and one Blennie, to name but a few! Probably the rarest was a Brittle Starfish and it was a tiddler, so well done whoever spotted it!
9th August
I spent a busy day at the Kent Wildlife Trust’s New Romney Visitors Centre showing 40 children and their families my bugs.  I met some amazing children, some whom already have their own Stick Insects and were asking about getting some Leaf Insects.  One four and a half year old girl who knows so much about bugs already that she wants to be an Entomologist when she grows up!  She didn’t like the bug dress that her gran made for her because the bugs are anatomicaly incorrect!  Three triplets who are all bug-mad and even before I’d finished showing them the bugs were saying “can you bring them into our school please”.  One of the girls sat with a moth on her nose for ages hoping it would lay an egg on it (which it didn’t) so I gave them some eggs to take home and rear their own caterpillars anyway.  So everybody had a great day and hugged a few bugs, and some even ate a few which impressed me!  Thanks for inviting me.  If you want to meet the bugs again don’t forget I will be at the Kent Wildlife Trust’s Visitor Centre in Reculver on Saturday from 2 – 4pm, so it’s not too late to book a place; phone 01227 740676.
7th August (evening)
Had a great night at the Big Summer Bash tonight, organised by ‘Up on the Downs’.  About 500 people came along to see the bugs, taste the food and see films projected onto the White Cliffs of Dover after dark, so it was extremely busy, so busy infact that I didn’t have much time to take photos until the end when the crowds fizzled out!  Take a look at my ‘Other Events Gallery’ to see some photos.
7th August
I was invited to Zach’s Birthday Party in the morning as he is absolutely mad on bugs.  I met him last year at an event and he still remembered lots of facts about the bugs.  He’s also got a few Stick Insects of his own and I left a few Eri Silkmoth eggs with him so that he could grow his own!  Had a great time showing Zach and his friends all of my bugs and they all loved playing the ‘Cocoon Game’ afterwards with lots of squeals of delight filling the whole street!  Not sure when my hearing will return!  Thanks for inviting me, hope to see you again soon.
6th August
Had a great turn out for ‘It’s a Bugs Life’ at Swingfield Minnis this morning! About 30 keen bug-hunters kept me busy identifying all the bugs that they found. The rarest was a male Roesel’s bush-cricket and the furthest travelled was a Silver Y moth that migrated up from southern Europe! This was the one on Ronaldo’s nose a few weeks ago in Paris! There were also Cinnabar Moth larvae on the Ragwort plants wearing their stripey rugby shirts and lots of spiders of varying shapes and sizes. Everybody enjoyed themselves and no bugs were harmed during filming! Don’t forget that if you want to see some giant tropical bugs then I’ll be at Samphire Hoe from 6 til 10pm tomorrow night for the ‘Up on the Downs’ Big Summer Finale with the whole of my roadshow, and who knows they might pick out some of these photos to project onto the cliffs!
1st August
I spent this morning at the Christ Church Nursery School in Folkestone visiting their holiday club. Had a great time, very friendly staff and most of the children are keen bug-huggers! Most of the staff are also keen bug-huggers too, which is most unusual as I normally have trouble getting any adults to hold my bugs! Some of the children saw me in their schools a couple of years ago and still remembered the bugs, which is amazing, so well done! Thanks for inviting me and I hope to come back soon!
30th July
Had decent mothing weather last night for a change, but didn’t catch many local moths, so luckily I brought a few of my own to entertain the crowd! Met a few familiar faces from previous events so it was good to see you again. Met one very interesting family that had travelled all the way from Sussex and knew all about moths as their daughter runs a moth trap in their garden! She also keeps all manner of insects such as Jungle Nymphs – the heaviest Stick Insect in the world so I was very impressed! Up in the Drop Redoubt fort earlier the French troops shot at the crowd with their flintlocks and then charged them with bayonets fixed, which was quite scary, and all because we voted to leave the EU!
28th July
Day three at the New Forest Show. Not as busy again today, we had a bit of drizzle after lunch which seemed to send people home! There were still lots of incredibly interesting people at the show. One family from Thailand recognised some of my bugs, and the British husband told me when he visited his father in law he was handed a plate of what he thought were nibbles, but found out after eating them they were cooked grubs (yummy!). So many people have exotic insects as pets, one small boy was telling me all about his Leaf Insects, Beetles etc and next on his wish list is a Goliath Beetle which is one of the largest in the world! My B&B in the New Forest was excellent and even had ponies wandering by the garden everyday. Couldn’t resist one foal who leant over the fence one evening and ‘snuffled’ my hand with its soft lips! So, had an amazing three days, met lots of interesting people, many of whom didn’t know they were bug-lovers until they held some amazing bugs, and wanted to take them home!
27th July
Day two of the New Forest Show. Not as busy as yesterday, but I still met lots of interesting people. One lady used to play with Giant African Millipedes as a child in Kenya, and she was desperate to hold one, as it brought back happy memories of childhood! Her husband however wouldn’t even touch it! Another old gentleman had a life-long ambition to hold a Giant African Millipede, and his face lit up when he held ‘Millie’ and he beamed from ear to ear, so that made my day! A small boy on the climbing poles opposite got halfway up and decided he’d had enough, and screamed for dad to rescue him, which drew a big crowd! Some people remembered me from last year and came back to hug-a-bug again, so it was good to see them all!
26th July
Day one of the New Forest Show. Had a really busy day, thousands of people came in to see the bugs including one family from Kent who saw me at Brogdale Beastie Day a few weeks ago. Both of their sons are bug mad and they have already booked up for the next one in August! Opposite the ISP Childcare marquee where I was based was a huge climbing frame which included the leap of faith which many children were brave enough to attempt (wouldn’t get me up there for all the tea in China!). I met so many interesting people, one woman had a fear of Cockroaches which I managed to overcome by getting her to hold ‘Fred’ my Hissing Cockroach! I thought she was going to pass out, but she was only sweating and having palpitations apparently! It made her day anyway! One man said the bugs were the best bit of the show so far, so made my day.
24th July
Had a fun time at Lola-Mae’s birthday party today. She is really mad on bugs and wanted to hold them all! Some of her friends weren’t so keen but most managed to hold one or two, and nobody got ‘poohed’ on for a change! I left some Eri Silkmoth eggs with Lola-Mae so she could rear this beautiful moth, like she did with her Painted Lady butterflies a little while ago. I can see her growing up as a female Sir David Attenborough! Thanks for inviting me hope to see you again soon!
23rd July
Had a very busy day today at the Dover Regatta, never mind that it took me two hours to drive two miles, due to the gridlock caused by the Ferry Terminal chaos! I met many bug-lovers who I’d met in local schools and some remembered me, or I should say my bugs, from three years ago! A lot of the Coastguard staff were busy dropping water off to people on the motorways, some of whom had been there for 14 hours, so couldn’t attend the Regatta! Mid-afternoon the sea mist rolled in over the top of the cliffs as is sometimes common in the summer in this part of the world! The White Cliffs Countryside Partnership staff (Sue) worked really hard all day in the heat and recruted quite a few new volunteers, so well done. Iona in the ‘Up on the Downs’ van entertained the children with her ‘Throw a bug to the River Dour Trout’ game, which was very popular, donations going to the River Dour volunteers who clean the river once a month and it’s amazing what we ‘fish’ out, excuse the pun! The WCCP organise lots of childrens nature events in the summer holidays which are all in the ‘Green Gang’ leaflet so if you haven’t got one please ask!
19th July
I’ve just had a fun but very hot afternoon at Repton Manor Nursery in Ashford. I visited a few weeks ago, but came back this time to show the children my bugs that missed me last time. Nobody got ‘poohed’ on this time, which is unusual! Some of the children who saw me last time came back for another look at the bugs. We then went out to the park and went on a bug hunt! I took my beating tray and bashed a few trees to see what fell out. There were all sorts of bugs such as Spiders, Shield Bugs, Earwigs, Caterpillars, Moths and Beetles. One small girl filled her pot with bugs but I don’t think any of them were alive! Still, they gave their lives for a good cause and that was to get the children interested in nature. So, a great time had by all, thanks for inviting me, hope to come back soon. When I left it was 32 degrees Celsius in the shade, so I’m surprised we found any bugs at all!
17th July
Had a very busy day at the Hawkinge Summer Spectacular! I met lots of children from schools I’d been to as well as birthday parties, and they all came in and were telling their parents all about the bugs and asking if they could see the ‘glow-in-the-dark-Scorpion’ again. There were some really keen bug-lovers, but my youngest ‘customer’ was just a year old and she held a Giant Atlas Moth so well done! There were lots of screams coming from the older teenagers when I got some of the bugs out, and some were actually were brave enough to touch some of them which took some courage, so well done all! Had a good day and hope to come back again next year.
9th July
Had a great day today at Davington Vintage Fair. So busy could only take a couple of photos. I met lots of bug lovers of all ages including one little girl who was about three years old and wanted to hold everything and even had a moth on her nose! Another family had a Giant African Millipede as a pet and the daughter was too scared to hold it until today, when she held ‘Millie’ and wondered what she was worried about after all! Lots of people told me about Stag Beetles in their gardens, as it’s really common around Faversham. One boy who met me at Reculver School a couple of weeks ago held a few bugs again and was telling his mum and brother all about them. So, thanks for inviting me hope to come back soon.
8th July
I’ve just spent the day with three classes of Reception children at Cheriton Primary School showing them my bugs. They loved them and even the ones who didn’t plucked up the courage to stroke one or two with their trembling hands so well done! One boy who wouldn’t touch anything shouted out “what does that eat” everytime I got one out, before I had a chance to tell him what it was, let alone what it eats! Star of the show was a small girl who was over the moon when she heard I was coming in today as she is mad on bugs. She was so excited she made me a card which read “I love holding bugs” with lots of drawings of the bugs! I can see her becoming an entomologist in years to come! There were lots of “Whoa’s” when the scorpion glowed in the dark and their favourite was my Eri Silkmoth which everybody wanted to hold so well done. Thanks for inviting me in, had a great day, and hope to see you all again soon!
7th July
Day three in Sandgate Primary School! I saw two Year 5 classes, two Year 6 classes and after lunch a few Foundation children came in who were off on Tuesday and missed the bugs. Two of them were mad on bugs and came back for a second look because they were so keen. They remembered all about the bugs and were telling the other children all about them. They all laughed when a Giant Moth appeared on my nose! One five-year old said she loves science so I can see her being a top scientist in years to come.
Lots of comments were heard from the older children such as “Whoa” when the Scorpion glowed in the dark, “Cool” when they saw the Leaf Insect and they all loved it when I ate a few bugs! There was a lot of eyebrow picking going on when I told them all about Eyelash Mites that live on their eyebrows and lashes! So a great time had by all, had three lovely school dinners so compliments to the chef! Staff were ever so friendly, so thanks for inviting me and hope to see you all again soon!
6th July
Day two in Sandgate Primary School! I saw a Year Two class, two Year Three classes and Two Year Four classes. The children were well behaved (mostly) so well done all, unlike some of my bugs! I got ‘pooped’ on twice by my Sun Beetle and ‘Katy’ the Katydid flew across the room and landed on a teachers skirt, she wasn’t too sure whether to run or scream, but she stood still just like I tell the children, so well done! Comments heard today were “Epic”, “Awesome”, “cute”, “I love Stick Insects”, “Epically awesome” and there were plenty of “Ahhhh’s” when I showed them a newly-hatched Jungle Nymph baby! The children loved the insects and wanted to hold them all (mostly) and they seemed to have a great time. Had a great school dinner, so thanks for that, see you again soon.
5th July
I’ve been in Sandgate Primary School all day with my bugs. I met two Reception classes, two Year one classes and one Year two class. They were a lively bunch and asked plenty of questions. Some knew answers and words way beyond their years so well done. The day didn’t start well with the first six children being ‘pooped’ on by a Sun Beetle, then it ‘pooped’ on me for good measure, don’t know where it got it all from, must have been saving it up after eating lots of fruit! I was impressed by the number of children who wanted to hold the bugs, this might have been because a lot of them held a Tarantula a couple of weeks ago so a few insects held no fear for them! Long day but great fun, see you again.
2nd July
Another busy day at the Lyminge School Fair today. So busy I could only get a few photos near the end! I met loads of keen bug-huggers, many of which I saw last year at the Brownies and Rainbows in the village. Hattie came along to see the bugs again, she’s mad on bugs and I did her birthday party last year! Luckily I was inside as it rained buckets outside, but everybody seemed to have a good time. Thanks for inviting me and I hope to see you all soon.
30th June
I had a fun morning today with the children at Repton Manor Nursery in Ashford. They really liked my bugs, but some weren’t too sure about them. The bugs all behaved themselves apart from my Privet hawk-moth which ‘pooped’ on a girls hand as she was saying how very pretty it was! Highlight of the visit was when showing ‘Katy’ the Katydid sitting on a leafy branch and one little boy began stroking a real leaf thinking he was stroking ‘Katy’ which had everybody laughing, but ‘Katy’ does look just like a leaf so it’s an easy mistake to make! Great fun, and thanks for inviting me, see you again in a few weeks time!
29th June

I’ve just had a very interesting day at Dartford Grammar School for Girls. The morning started with a visit by two classes of Year 5 and Year 6 children from two local Primary Schools who came to meet my bugs. They were full of questions and quite a few wanted to eat a Meal-worm or two! Telling the children that in Thailand the children collect Grasshoppers and bring them into school for their school dinner, one boy put his hand up, and I thought he was going to say you’re talking a load of rubbish! I said “are you from Thailand” he said “yes” so I said “did you go to school in Thailand” and he said “yes”, so I said “did you eat insects for school dinner” and he said “yes”, so I said “what did they taste like” and he screwed up his face and said “not very nice!” I then told the children about Tardigrades and the lab technician who was helping me said “I did my university degree studying Tardigrades!”
For the rest of the day I was visited by six classes of Year 7 children who were very impressed by the bugs and loved holding them, but there was a lot of screaming involved and lots of giggling going on but they all said they enjoyed it. So I had a great day, thanks for inviting me and hope to come back again soon!
28th June
Just returned from Reculver C of E Primary School where I’ve been showing my bugs to two Year 4 classes. Great fun and they all asked really interesting questions and really loved the bugs! One young girl who I met at a school fair a couple of weeks ago now wants a Millipede as a pet because she loves them so much! All of the bugs behaved themselves apart from a Sun Beetle which ‘pooped’ on a couple of children’s hands! Comments where heard such as ‘Awesome’, ‘Fantastic’, ‘Incredible’ and the whole room filled with a loud ‘Whoa’ when the Scorpion glowed in the dark! Thanks for inviting me, had a great time and hope to see you all again soon!
26th June
Had a very busy day today at Old Park Hill Nature Reserve in Dover. Met lots of interesting people, some bug lovers, some not so sure, but what made my day was meeting a girl who wasn’t a bug lover until she met my bugs, and held quite a few of them and wanted to take some home with her! There were lots of activities including bug hunts and reptile hunts going on all day and one Adder and a few Slow-worms were seen. Everybody that came along seemed to have a great time in spite of the rain showers so well done the Kent Wildlife Trust for organising the event!  Take a look at some photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’.
25th June
Had a really good but busy day at the Temple Ewell Summer Fete today.  All of the Temple Ewell Primary School children came out in their classes and danced to music from around the world, very entertaining!  I didn’t have much time to take many photos as I was so busy, especially when the heavens opened and the tent kindly supplied by the PTA filled up, couldn’t have got another stick insect in there it was so full!  A lot of the children remembered me and my bugs from last year when I brought my bugs into school.  The children seemed to be really infatuated with the bugs and most wanted to hold them all and comments such as “Sick”, “absolutely fabulous” and “Awesome” were heard!  So, a great day had by all, shame about the rain, thanks for the use of the waterproof tent and also thanks for inviting me, hopefully will see you again next year!
24th June
Had a great afternoon today at St Richards Catholic Primary School in Dover with my bugs at the school fair. A lot of the older children came into the hall before the start and saw and held a few bugs and some of their reactions made my day! “Absolutely amazing”, “Brilliant”, “Wow” were some of the comments overheard, it’s so good to hear children smitten by my bugs and makes it all worthwhile! I visited Year 2 a few weeks ago with my bugs and a lot of them remembered facts and names and were then telling their parents all about the bugs as they showed them around! So I had a great afternoon thanks for inviting me back, hope to see you all again!
21st June
Had a very busy day today when I visited St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Beckenham with my bugs. I saw all of the children from the school, 420 in total, and most of them held one bug or another. They were very excited and asked some really interesting questions and they were very well behaved, unlike the Giant Atlas Moths that were too lively to take out of their cage due to the heat! I had a very nice school dinner so thanks for that, and thanks for a very enjoyable but busy day! Hope to see you all again soon.
18th June
Had a great time with Max and all of his excitable bug-loving friends at Max’s birthday party! They wanted to hold quite a few of the bugs and ‘Katie’ the Katydid was a bit naughty, she jumped and flew a few times onto mine and other peoples legs! Quite a few of the children wanted to eat a few Crickets so well done! There was a loud gasp when the lights went out and the Scorpion glowed in the dark, so a great time had by all. Thanks for inviting me Max and hope to see you again!
11th June
Had a very busy day today at St Marys Summer Fair in Whitstable! I couldn’t have managed without the fantastic help of Holly, Mary and Joe who were helping me to show the visitors my bugs and charging them to hug a bug to raise money for their school-leavers party. They made quite a bit of money so well done all! Year six were also selling cakes to raise money at the other end of the room. Very busy day so didn’t get much time to take photos. Thanks for inviting me, hope to come back soon!
10th June
I’ve just been showing my bugs to the children at Daisy Chains Nursery in Ashford. Some of the younger ones in the first group weren’t too keen to hold them but were still fascinated by them. Most of the older ones in the second group held them all and there was even a two-year old with them who did as well, so well done! Hope to come back again soon.
6th June
I’ve just spent the day with 60 Year 2 children from Shatterlocks Infant and Nursery School in Dover showing them my bugs. They were very polite and well behaved and even the bugs behaved themselves! The children asked some intelligent questions but the best was probably “what made you get interested in bugs in the first place?”. My answer was “I was fascinated by bugs at your age and I never grew out of it like most people!” So, a great day had by all especially the children who said their favourite was the Giant Atlas Moth. Thanks for inviting me, hope to see you next year!
1st June
75 people turned up today at Brogdale – home of the National Fruit Tree Collection, to hug a few of my bugs, go on a bug hunt and make some bugs in the art room! In spite of the terrible wet weather they all went outside looking for bugs in the orchards and they even found a few trying to get out of the rain, so well done everybody! Everybody said they had enjoyed themselves even though they all got wet. Most people had been told by friends who visited on previous Beastie Days that it is worth coming along, as they said it is great value for money and great fun as well!
30th May
I had 31 people turn up for todays Rock-pooling event at Folkestone Warren, organised by the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership. This in itself was a miracle considering the weather which was cloudy and very very windy, so well done all of those who chose to turn out! Everybody seemed to have fun, even the ones who thought rock-pooling might be boring! Lots of Crabs were caught, only one Prawn and a large Blenny fish! So, a great time had by all even the ones who got wet feet!
26th May
Today saw me battling through the rush-hour traffic into London to visit 90 Year 3 children at Wykeham Primary School. They were so excited about seeing the bugs that they couldn’t stop asking questions! Lots of comments overheard such as “very cute” to “cool” and “Awesome” Most of the children held some bugs and some even wanted to eat some! Some already have pet Stick Insects at home and one even had a Leaf Insect, my favourite insect of them all! Had a great day, thanks for all the tea and cakes and also thanks for inviting me!
25th May
This evening I was invited to viist the Sandwich Brownies. There were 40 girls altogether so we split them into two groups. They loved getting up close to the bugs and quite a few wanted to eat a Meal-worm or two, which is exactly what they did when their parents collected them, some of the parents tried a few as well! Great evening, great fun, thanks for inviting me and hope to come back soon.
23rd May
I visited Milstead and Frinstead Primary School yesterday with my bugs. They were all very keen to see them and comments overheard ranged from “very cute” to “Awesome”. One of my Giant Atlas Moths went for a fly around the hall but didn’t get far. I had a lovely school dinner so thanks for that. Very friendly children and staff, so had a lovely day, hope to come back again soon.
21st May
I took my bugs to the Whitstable Junior Schools’ Spring Fair today. A lot of the children remembered me from last year and I remembered one girl who knew about all of the bugs, because her father works at London Zoo, looking after all of the insects in the insect house! Great day, thanks for inviting me, see you next year!
20th May
I’ve just spent the day with 90+ children from the Fordcombe Primary School. The children were very excited and lively and very few of the younger ones wanted to eat a bug or two, but a lot of the older ones did but they weren’t allowed! My glow-in-the-dark Scorpion was very popular when the lights were turned out and the Giant Atlas Moth nearly took flight a couple of times. A great day had by all so thanks for inviting me and hope to see you all again.
18th May
Had the honour of being invited back into Chattenden Primary School today to see the Reception class. Had a great day as they were all very excited by the bugs and most wanted to hold them all. Their favourites were the Giant Atlas Moths and Giant Millipedes and a few even wanted to eat a few Meal-worms. The bugs were all well behaved and only one person got ‘poohed’ on and it wasn’t me for a change! This little girl said “how old are you?” so I said “very old, how old are you”, “five” she said. then she said “you’re 60 because all old people are 60…..that’s very very old”… she said….I couldn’t stop laughing and smiled all the way home! I was treated to the children singing “We’re going on a bear hunt” before I left which was very good and very funny. The Reception class that I saw last year are now Year 1 and they all came by to see the bugs and they all remembered my name and even the names of some of the bugs which was very impressive! Thanks for inviting me back again, hope to see you again next year!
17th May
I took my bugs to show the two Reception classes at Beaver Green Primary School today in Ashford. All of the children were well behaved and polite, so well done the teachers and parents! Most of the children loved holding the bugs and there were plenty of “cool” and “cute” comments made by the children and when the Scorpion glowed in the dark there was an audible “whoa” heard! I had trouble getting any teachers to hold the bugs but a couple had a small moth on their noses! My Eri Silkmoth was busy laying its eggs on me and the children all day so I left a few behind so they could rear them in class! Had a great day, thanks for inviting me and hope to come back again!
16th May
Just returned from Hersden Primary School where I’ve spent the day showing the Reception class up to Year 4 children my wonderful bugs! They were all really excited about seeing the bugs, one girl wanted to take everything home with her and another wanted to hold everything! One boy knew all about the bugs and some children knew what a few were called so well done. Nearly everybody wanted to hold a Giant Atlas Moth, even a teacher who had a fear of moths, so well done her! Comments included “cute” and “Awesome” especially when the light was turned out and the Scorpion glowed in the dark, so a great day had by all and thanks for inviting me.
12th May
I spent today at Worsley Bridge Primary School in London showing my bugs to three Reception classes and two Year 2 classes. They were absolutely mad on bugs! Comments ranged from “cute” to “Amazing” and most of the children managed to hold one bug or another, but I suppose the favourite was the Giant Atlas Moths, one of which took off in the heat and did a few laps of the classroom before crashing to the floor! A teacher actually ate a Meal-worm much to the children’s amazement! The children, although very excited, managed to ask some interesting questions and they were well behaved! I had a great day, thanks for inviting me, hope to meet you all again!
6th May
Had a very busy day today at Bethersden Primary School showing all of the school my bugs! They were a lively bunch, and so were the bugs! All of the children were so keen to learn about the bugs that they couldn’t stop asking questions. Some of the comments were “awesome”, “fantastic” etc and there were plenty of “oohs and aahs” when one of ‘Delilahs’ babies appeared after waiting a whole year to hatch from the egg. ‘Delilah’ by the way is my Spiny Devil Stick Insect. By the end of the day my Giant Atlas Moths had started to fly due to the heat and they drew a lot of admirers. I had a great school dinner – much better then I remember, so thank you for that and also thanks for inviting me into your school so that I could show you my amazing bugs! Great day!
5th May 2016
After a long break due to illness it was good to get back to work with my bugs.  I spent the afternoon with Year 2 students from St Richards R C School in Dover today. Great fun and they had lots of questions. My Giant Atlas moths got a bit lively in the heat and tried to fly but they didn’t get far, and all of the other bugs behaved themselves, well apart from one Giant Atlas moth that ‘poohed’ down my front!
28th November
Had a great time at Henry’s Birthday party today! I first met Henry in school a couple of years ago, so he and most of his friends have seen some of the bugs before. They all liked holding them but I couldn’t get anyone to eat any! The ‘Cocoon’ game was very popular, as was making some butterflies to take home. I was hoping to play more games but my knee decided to cause havoc and pain so I had to spend a lot of the time on a stool or kneeling. Still, had a great time and I’m off to ring the doctor now, thanks for inviting me hope to see you again!
21st November
Had a great time at Alex’s Birthday Party today. He knew quite a lot about bugs to start with which was impressive. There was a loud “Ooooo” when the Scorpion glowed in the dark so it reminded me of bonfire night! Nobody got ‘poohed on’ apart from me – twice, by the Sun Beetle and Giant Atlas Moth! Thanks for inviting me!
9th November
I was invited to visit the Eastry Rainbows with my bugs this evening.  I’d like so say how well behaved and polite they were, so well done everybody for making it a fun evening.  I’d met a couple of the girls at their after-school bug club a couple of years ago and they still remembered me and the bugs.  Most of them wanted to hold the bugs and some weren’t too sure, but with a bit of coaxing they did, so well done again!  Unfortunately we ran out of time to see all of the bugs but everyone had a chance to hold the Giant Atlas Moth which seemed to be everyone’s favourite!  Great evening, thanks for inviting me.
8th November
I first met Sydney at her nursery two years ago. I saw her again this year when she came in specially on her day off to see my bugs again. She absolutely loves bugs! She loves bugs so much that her mum and dad invited me to her birthday party, I’ve never seen anyone so happy to see the bugs, she smiled from the minute I arrived and she couldn’t wait to hold the bugs. Sydney wanted to hold all of the bugs including the Centipede and Scorpion, which are too dangerous to hold, but she held every other bug she could get her hands on. Her dad did an excellent job making a butterfly to take home from my ‘art department’ and Sydney loved playing the bug games especially Pin-The-Tail-On-The-Scorpion! Had a great time, thanks for inviting me and hope to see you again at nursery next year!
7th November
I’ve just returned from Lily’s Birthday Party! Had a great time showing her and her friends my bugs. The Sun Beetle ‘poohed’ on a little boy’s hand and embarrassed me, again! All of the other bugs behaved themselves apart from the Giant Atlas Moths which decide they wanted to fly instead of being held. Thanks for inviting me, had a great time.
31st October evening.
After attending Isaac’s Birthday Party I hurtled down to the Drop Redoubt in Dover for the ‘Fort of Fright Night’. I took a few Giant Atlas Moths along and told people they were vampire moths, but only on Halloween! Even so everybody wanted to hold them! Fantastic night, all the volunteers of the Western Heights Preservation Society did an excellent job ‘scaryfiying’ the fort and the reenactors did a splended job of scaring the visitors. There were so many amazing costumes on show that half the time I had to do a double take to make sure I wasn’t looking at a real ghost! About 450 people attended on the night so it was very popular and has already received lots of good reviews!
31st October.
I had the pleasure of being invited to Isaac’s Birthday Party today. The theme was Lion King so my bugs fitted in well! Issac already knew so much about my bugs and told me what most of them were before I had a chance to tell him! I was amazed at how much he knew already. Only my Sun Beetle ‘poohed’ on Issac’s friend’s hand, all of the rest behaved themselves. Had a great time, thanks for inviting me.
28th October late pm.
I’m normally the scariest creature in the room but not today! I was invited to the Cuxton Sure-start Halloween party with my bugs. I was surrounded by Witches, Ghouls, Vampires, Skeletons, Zombies and Kittens! All right so kittens aren’t scary but they love to eat my bugs, so to bugs they’re scary! One Vampire uttered that famous word “awesome” which made my day! Great to see so many children interested in bugs, thanks for inviting me, hope to see you again next year!
28th October
Had another busy day at the Brogdale Beastie Day today. There were lots of very keen bug-lovers that wanted to hold all of the bugs including the Scorpion! The weather forecast was a bit grim but the sun came out about 11 o’clock so kelly managed to take two groups out on a bug hunt and they found quite a few bugs inspite of the heavy rain earlier, so well done. After lunch everyone carved a pumpkin to take home so everybody had a great day!
25th October
I was invited to twins Katie and Ady’s birthday party yesterday with my bugs. Had a great time showing them and all of their friends the bugs. Apart from the Sun Beetle which ‘poohed’ on Ady’s hand all of the bugs behaved themselves, which makes a change! I could only tempt a couple of the children with my delicious meal-worm treats but a few of the adults tried them and said they tasted good! The youngest girl there was a ‘giggler’, every time she held a bug she had a giggling fit! Had a great day, thanks for inviting me.
24th October
Had a ‘Whale’ of a time this afternoon rock-pooling with two families who braved the cold grey skies and strong winds! We were at the Warren near Folkestone and I was running the event for the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership. It was quite difficult to find much at first but after a while we found crabs, a large baby eel, a small fish, lots of prawns and even a dead dogfish without its head! The dogfish is in the shark family so we had a close look at its skin which was very rough, like sand paper. We clever humans are copying nature again as the latest swimwear has a surface like shark skin, which actually helps you to swim faster! Everyone had a great time and we even found a few fossils.
13th October
I’ve been at Goldilocks Nursery in Ashford for most of today showing the children my bugs!  They loved the bugs but I couldn’t get any to eat crickets or meal-worms, but eventually a couple of brave adults tasted them and said they were “quite nice”!  A few of the children were absolutely mad on bugs and there was no stopping them holding the bugs, everybody’s favourite seemed to be the Giant Atlas Moths.  Nobody got ‘poohed’ on apart from me – by the Eri Silkmoth caterpillar!  Had a great day, thanks for inviting me!
12th October
Had a great time tonight with the 2nd Cheriton Rainbows, they were very keen and well behaved and loved the bugs. One came up to me afterwards and said “I think bugs are awesome” which got the thumbs up from me and it makes it all worthwhile! Thanks for inviting me, hope to come back soon!
6th October
I paid a visit to the First Cuxton Rainbows last night with my bugs! They were a lively bunch of five to seven-year olds but they loved the bugs and wanted to hold them all, apart from the Scorpion. Couldn’t get any to eat Crickets or Meal-worms and they all looked disgusted when I did! Great fun, thanks for inviting me hope to come back soon!
4th October
Finley loves his bugs! I met him last year at his nursery, so this year I was invited to his birthday party with my bugs! He and lots of his brave friends held lots of bugs but I couldn’t get anybody to eat any Crickets or Meal-worms! Finley’s two year old friend wanted to hold all of the bugs and I was greatly impressed! Thanks for inviting me, great party.
28th September
Georgio’s mum invited me to his birthday party with my bugs because he loves them and has been raving about them since my visit to his school.  All of his friends are also mad bug-lovers, so my bugs were a big hit, even my Sun Beetle when it ‘poohed’ on a girls hand!  I’ve never had so many children wanting the Giant Atlas Moth on their noses before so I was most impressed!  Some tried a Meal-worm or two but weren’t keen on the taste!  Thanks for inviting me, great fun!  Have a look at some photos on my ‘Birthday Party Gallery’.
27th September
I had a fun time today at Jessica’s Birthday Party. She loved the bugs, her favourites were ‘Millie’ the Millipede and the Giant Atlas Moths. Most of her friends also loved ‘hugging’ the bugs but nobody wanted to eat any meal-worms or crickets! Afterwards I had trouble keeping the adults from ‘scoffing’ them all though! A few ‘big’ children joined in with the ‘Cocoon game’ as you can see by looking at the photos!  Have a look at my ‘Birthday Party Gallery’ to see them all.  Thanks for inviting me, had a great day!
22nd September
I spent this evening visiting the 2nd Riverview Brownies with my bugs. I was very touched by the present that three of the girls had made for me, a lovely drawing, a butterfly and an envelope, fantastic work! There were lots of squeals as they held quite a few of the bugs but the favourite was the Giant Atlas Moth, and a few of the girls had this on their noses, so well done all. Thanks for inviting me, great fun!!
21st September
I paid a visit to the 1st Riverview Brownies tonight with my bugs.  They enjoyed holding lots of them especially the Giant Atlas Moths and all went Aww when they saw the newly hatched baby Spiny Devil Stick Insect.  Some were even brave enough to eat a few Crickets and Meal-worms which greatly impressed me!  So, a great night had by all and they all got their Bug Challenge Brownie badge as well, great fun and thanks for inviting me.
19th/20th September
Had a very busy weekend at the Berkshire County Show with the ISP Fostering organisation. I met hundreds of interested members of the public over the two days, some of whom already had their own bugs and some who wanted them! At the end of the first day dozens of hot air balloons lifted into the still sky which was quite a spectacle. The next morning was absolutely freezing with thick fog but the sun soon burned it off. I stood outside the marquee quite often with a Giant Atlas Moth on my nose to attract people and it certainly did the trick, most people thought it was a toy or a paper cut-out until they saw it move!
13th September
Had a great time at Frankie’s Birthday Party. She loves bugs and couldn’t get enough of them, she loved holding them all, but I couldn’t get her to eat any Crickets or Meal-worms! One boy in particular developed a craving for them though and ‘scoffed’ a lot! Even some the of the adults said “cool bugs”. We played a few party games such as ‘Pin-the-tail-on-the-scorpion’ and ‘Cocoon’ and then it was time for the art department to come out and we made a few butterflies to take home, so a great time was had by all. Thanks for inviting me, had a great time!
12th September
Had a very busy day today at the Drop Redoubt Fort open weekend on the Western heights in Dover. Met lots of very interesting people, some teachers, some nursery managers, and some ‘Steam Punk’ enthusiasts who are all of the above! I’d also met some of the children before at other events and one boy said he was looking forward to my visit to his school next year as he’d seen photos of my visit this summer with my bugs! The reenactors were brilliant and some come from a long way away so it was always a pleasure to see them again. We were also treated to several planes including Spitfires doing a fly-by. Great day out!
5th and 6th September
I’ve just returned home from the Dorset County Show in Dorchester where I’ve been with a few bugs for the weekend! I was hired by the ISP Childcare team to entertain the children who came in to look at the bugs and enter the ‘Name the caterpillar Competition’. Very long days and extremely busy so couldn’t get many photos, but all of the people who came in loved the bugs and I identified numerous moths from photos on people’s phones! I met quite a few children who are mad on bugs and one girl’s dream was to buy a Winnebago and live in the rain forest and study bugs, and she was only seven, I think I had the same dream when I was that age!
31st August
The great British Bank Holiday Monday lived up to its reputation! As I arrived at the Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory’s Countryside Fair the heavens opened, and we had torrential rain, lightening and thunder which went of for about two hours! The large marquees were already filling up from the previous night’s heavy rain and there were lakes inside the marquee! Needless to say not many people braved the weather but those that did venture out had a great time. Next to me was the Wildwood trust who had a whole array of skins, skulls and even a ‘poo quiz’ of native and extinct animals. They also had a Harvest Mouse which I managed to photograph, this was one from their captive breeding programme. I met a few children who I’d met at schools and other events so had a quiet but fun day.
29th and 30th August
On Saturday and Sunday it was Brogdale’s famous Cider Festival! I was set up in a large marquee on the festival field alongside the children’s face painter, bouncy castle and craft section. On Saturday it was very busy so didn’t get many photos but on the Sunday it was overcast and forecast rain which put people off, although it didn’t rain at all! I met quite a few regulars, two sisters who were at the Brogdale Beastie Day a few days ago and came back to see the bugs again and some from last years festival who made a bee-line for the bugs. Everyone who came had a great weekend and I look forward to next years event!
28th August
This Friday evening I was asked to provide the moth-trapping for the Westgate Park’s Bat and Moth Night event. About 45 people came along and saw lots of Bats and listened to them with bat detectors provided by the Kent Bat Group. As it was a cold clear night very few moths were attracted to the moth trap but luckily I took a few along that I had caught in the garden the previous night as well as a couple of Giant Atlas Moths which were the star attraction! Unfortunately I forgot to take my camera so didn’t get any photos!
25th August
Another great day at Brogdale (home of the National Fruit Collection).  About 30 families turned out to look at my bugs and then go on a bug hunt in the orchards before making some bug-art to take home!  ‘Katie’ the Katydid misbehaved as usual and flew over the heads of the children and disappeared under a table only to be found sitting on a gentleman’s toes!  Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and had a great time.  Have a look at my ‘Other Events Gallery’ to see all of the photos.  The next Brogdale Beastie Day is in the October half-term so keep a look out for details.
20th August
Another busy day at Samphire Hoe! About 70 bug-lovers turned up to meet the bugs and have a hug. It was good to see some familiar faces. Most people heard about the event through the ‘Green Gang’ leaflet that is sent out to schools by the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, so it pays to advertise! Next Thursday is your last chance to meet the bugs for FREE but a donation is always welcome! I didn’t take many photos again because I was so busy!
19th August
Over 100 people turned up at the Mote Park bug event, organised by the Medway Valley Countryside Partnership. They went off in groups bug hunting, then came in to see the giant bugs, then went on to do bug-related arts and crafts, so, a great day had by all! It was good to see some familiar faces that I have met at birthday parties recently and they are mad on bugs which is great!
16th August
Had a fantastically busy day yesterday at the Whitstable Regatta. Hundreds of people came to see the bugs and I met quite a few bug maniacs who couldn’t get enough of them, which is what I like to see! The highlight of the day was when a young girl brought her mum in who had a phobia of moths, and she got her to hold a Giant Atlas, she couldn’t believe she’d done it afterwards and it was only then she told me of her fear! If I’d known I would have started off with a small moth first! I don’t think I’d been so busy all day anywhere else and the other stall holders said it was a quiet day, so what would it have been like on a busy day!
15th August
An interesting day today at the Weird Wildlife and Haunting Histories event at Sittingbourne with my bugs. There were willow weavers, archaeological excavators, Celtic reenactors, bug hunts, beer providers, flint knappers to name but a few! All of the local families that came made a day of it and tried every activity and they really enjoyed themselves. My favourite was the willow weaver next door showing the children and adults how to weave all sorts of wildlife including butterflies and snails and the results were pretty impressive. Some of my visitors children screamed and ran away when I ate a few meal-worms and crickets but in no time at all they were back and tucking in to my favourite grub (if you’ll excuse the pun)! So, a great time had by all!
13th August
Another busy day at Samphire Hoe with my bugs, got even busier when the heavens opened up and a coach-load of Japanese tourists all came in to get out of the rain! All of the children seemed to like the bugs and a few of the adults as well. You should see some of the faces pulled by the adults when you explain that their children are holding giant cockroaches! Great day again, will be back again on the 20th August so come along if you dare and hug a few bugs!
8th August
A really hot day today at the ‘Hawkshill Freedown Meadow Minibeast’ event for the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership funded by Walmer Parish Council. That might be why only one family turned up. Nevertheless they found lots of Crickets, Grasshoppers and Butterflies and then we played a couple of games and they thought it was ‘Awesome’ and ‘Fantastic’ which is what I like to hear!
7th August
I’ve just spent the afternoon with the ISP children and their families at Teynham showing them my bugs.  Had a very nice lunch followed by delicious chocolate cake, hardly had any room left for my Crickets and Meal worms!  Sophie made me a lovely glittery pipe cleaner moth to take home, and she remembers all about the Giant Atlas Moths from my visit last year, so she couldn’t wait to see them again!  Thanks for inviting me see you all again soon.
6th August
About 120 people turned up for the rock-pooling event at Samphire Hoe and they found lots of creatures including a Cuttlefish and an Adder! (The Adder was behind the beach and not in the rock-pools obviously!) Afterwards a lot of the families came in to see the bugs and I was so busy I couldn’t take many photos! Some families turned up just to see the bugs while the rock-pooling was going on, so I was busy from the start which was good! Some children I’d already met in schools and one 10 year-old girl was absolutely fascinated by them but wouldn’t touch any, and she was the same in school! So, a great day, I’m back again with my bugs on the 13th, so come along for another look or if you didn’t make it the first time!  I’ve just been sent some fantastic photos taken at Samphire Hoe in their Education Shelter by a member of the public which I’ve added to the ones I took. I’m going to have to get a better camera!  Have a look at the photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’
Just received more photos from a proud mum taken at Samphire Hoe. Her daughter was absolutely mad on bugs and wanted to hold them all and showed no fear at all, fantastic!  I’ve added them to the ‘Gallery’
1st August (Day)

In the afternoon I ran a Bug Hunt event at Swingfield Minnis.  It’s a shame only one family turned up.  I took along a few caterpillars, moths and other bugs to look at.  We saw lots of bugs and butterflies using the sweep net and then played a nature detective game, so they had a great time as did I.
1st Aug (Evening)
Another busy night at the Drop redoubt in Dover as part of the Up on the Downs Summer Festival. Lots of people toured the fort then came to the moth session after dark. Lots of bats were seen feeding while it was still light and after dark a few local moths such as the Oak Eggar came to the moth trap. Lots of people held my Giant Atlas Moths and some were brave enough to have it on their noses! So, a great night out!
30th July
Day three, New Forest Show 30th July. Another very busy day at the show. I met lots of interesting people, some who are mad on bugs and others who are into conservation. I saw lots of photos of moths on peoples phones, one lady said we saw this enormous moth on our fence and it was eight inches long! What she actually saw was two Privet Hawk-moths mating (sorry, having a friendly cuddle, for our younger viewers) and they were tail to tail, so looked like one large moth! Just to round off a great show the five year-old who I’d given the stick insect eggs to yesterday, ran into the marquee at the end of the day and shouted at the top of her voice “Thanks for yesterday” then ran out again, made my day!
29th July
Day two, New Forest Show 29th July. Another very busy day at the show, but before I could leave the B & B, said Grand-daughter, got up at the crack of dawn to hold the moth again before I left! At the show I met loads of bug lovers, one nine year-old girl had her own Millipede, another girl wanted her own Millipede but her mother wouldn’t let her! Another family with a five year-old girl who was mad on bugs came in and enquired where they could get some stick insect eggs, so I said “you can take some of these away”, she was over the moon, and you’d have thought she’d won the lottery, so it made my day! She wanted to hold all of the bugs and didn’t want to leave. It struck me when looking at the photos I’d taken, that there are hardly any boys holding bugs, and thinking back not many came in, and the of the ones that did, very few held any!
28th July
Day one, New Forest Show 28th July. I was booked again by ISP Childcare to bring my bugs along to the New Forest Show in Hampshire. I stayed in B & B with my bugs locally and it was hard to find somebody who would take me and the bugs in! Eventually I stayed with a lovely couple in the forest, Marion and Ian, whose grand-daughter was mad on bugs! They all came to the show and saw the bugs in all their glory on the first day and their Grand-daughter held most of them and loved it! The favourite was the Giant Atlas Moth and she wouldn’t go to bed that night without holding the moth again! It was a very busy show and there was a steady flow of bug-huggers coming in to the marquee all day, so much so that I didn’t take many photos. Next to us there was a children’s entertainment area with live acts performing all day and right in front of us there were three enormous poles that children were climbing with all the safety gear and the youngest was about five, he went straight up to the top (about 60 feet) then leaned back and waved and the crowds went wild! Wouldn’t have got me up there even if you’d paid me!
25th July
Had a great time at Erin’s Birthday party today.  Erin is mad on bugs which I like to hear.  She and most of her friends held all of the bugs that they could and some, including Erin, couldn’t stop eating my Crickets and Meal-worms because they loved them so much!  So many of the children were brave enough to put the Giant Atlas Moth on their noses and even Erin’s mum and dad did as well, so well done!  Thanks for inviting me, my bugs and I had a lovely time and maybe we will see you all next year!  Take a look at the photos on the ‘Birthday Party Gallery’.
24th July
Had a great time this afternoon at Hattie’s Birthday Party! Hattie and most of her friends are bug-mad and they wanted to hold all of the bugs, sometimes more than once. Unfortunately ‘Millie’ the Millipede had another ‘accident’ today and ‘poohed’ on hatties hands but apart from that the bugs all behaved themselves. Some of the faces I saw today were a picture when I ate a few bugs then showed them some photos of what lives in their houses and even on their bodies! So a great party, thanks for inviting me Hattie and hope to see you all again! To see all of the photos take at look at the ‘Birthday Party Gallery’
22nd July
Yesterday I spent most of the day at the War and Peace show at Folkestone Racecourse helping out on the Western Heights Preservation society’s stand. In the evening I visited the Iwade Brownies with my bugs and they loved them (well, most of them did!) ‘Millie’ the Millipede ‘poohed’ on my hand again, ‘Katy’ the Katydid was only slightly naughty as she flew a couple of times but didn’t land on anyone and the Giant Atlas Moth flew across the room much to every body’s delight! I was impressed how many Brownies wanted to eat a few bugs and some of the adults did too which is most unusual. Great bunch of girls, thanks for inviting me!
21st July
I visited the Park Avenue Nursery in Deal this morning with all of my bugs to show the children. Lots were very brave and held and stroked a few of them. One little girl who I remembered from last year’s holiday club, she didn’t quite make it to the loo in time, and when asked why she didn’t ask to go replied “I didn’t want to miss any bugs”! When she held a Stick Insect today her face lit up and she was in bug heaven, and she is only about three, so it made my day! Thanks for inviting me along, hope to see you all soon.
19th July
Had a very busy day today at the Hawkinge Spectacular, so busy in fact that I didn’t have time to take many photos. Met lots of my regular bug-huggers who descend like a swarm of locusts as soon as they know the bugs are in town! Great to see so many of you return bug-huggers who I’ve met in the local schools and past events! Probably the best part of the day was when four young girls came into the room and all screamed and ran away when I took the lid off of ‘Millie’ the Millipede’s tank. After lots of gentle coaxing I managed to get them all to hold all of the bugs they could hold, and they even wanted to take some home by the time they’d finished, so made my day!  Take a look at some photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’.
18th July
Just returned home from Lewis’s Birthday Party.  He and his 30 plus friends are mad on bugs and they all wanted to hold and stroke them!  Some even ate a few Crickets but were not keen on the taste!  One boy said the bugs were amazing, made my day!  I’ve met Lewis before at the Brogdale Beastie Day, and he wanted to hold all of the bugs then, and when I arrived today he couldn’t wait to see what I’d brought, he was really excited which is what I love to see.  Thanks for inviting me, delicious cake as well!  Have a look at a few photos on my ‘Birthday Party Gallery’ page.
17th July
Just spent the morning at the Baptist Church Nursery in Ashford showing the brave 2 – 4 year-olds my bugs.  Some were really brave and tried to hold them all.  ‘Millie’ the Millipede ‘wee’d’ on me again, going to have to do something about this, I thought I had her house trained!  Great fun, thanks for inviting me, hope to see you all again.
16th July
I paid another visit to Towers School in Ashford today.  I saw 120 Year Eight students and showed them my bugs and told them all about them.  The word “sick” was heard a lot when they held some of the bugs or got to have a close look at them.  Some couldn’t even see the Leaf Insect as its camouflage is so good it looks just like a real leaf!  I went into different methods of reproduction, life histories and why bugs are so good to eat.  I also told them about how various bugs use their body and homes as a habitat, which I am sure will cause some sleepless nights but hopefully not!  I also explained about the thousands of types of Zombie Fungus that control the brains of insects and their fruit grows out of the insects heads, and said that so far one hasn’t evolved to attack humans yet but give it a few million years maybe one will, to which one boy said “great, that will save me having to bring a packed lunch to school if I’ve got fruit growing out of my head I can eat that”!  Great day , thanks for inviting me, hope to come back soon!
15th July
I spent a good but hot day at St.Gregorys RCP school in Margate.  Great fun, I showed my bugs to about 30 Nursery children, 45 Reception children and about 45 Year Six children.  They all seemed to love the bugs and there were plenty of “Oooo’s”, “Arrrrrr’s”, “Cool’s” and “Amazings” heard which is what I like to hear!  Lots of the children held or stroked the bugs, but I could get few of the adults to do the same, and the offer of bugs to eat was met with the cry “No thanks I’ve just eaten”!  Great day thanks for inviting me, look forward to a return visit soon!
13th july
I visited the Towers School in Ashford with my bugs this morning, lively bunch, as well as the insects!  Year seven and nine came in two groups and many wanted to hold the bugs, some even wanted to eat some crickets and meal-worms!  ‘Katy’ the Katydid was naughty, she flew across the room and landed on one boy’s leg who nearly had kittens, later she flew over the assembled crowd and landed neatly on Jon’s (Science Technician) hand, she knew exactly where she was going all along!  Back again on Thursday to see the year eights!
10th July
Day one at the Kent Show.  Total disaster!  The Kent Show management decided to try a new layout and so the IPS Childcare marquee was up a backwater.  Two hours after opening we had not seen a soul walk by although there were hundreds of people nearby!  After arguments with management it was decided to put up a small gazebo near the entrance but unfortunately not big enough to accommodate the bugs.  Therefore the IPS staff moved and left me on my lonesome in the marquee.  I saw about 20 people during the next 6 hours, mostly they were lost or letting their dog use the lawn as a loo!  Apologies to anyone who was hoping to see the bugs over the weekend but it would be a waste of my time to sit in an empty marquee for another 10 hours on Saturday then again on Sunday.  We were not alone, the Greyhound Trust next door and Everest Double Glazing the other side were all in the same boat.  I think the woman in charge of the stall holders was sacked by lunchtime for screaming at the complainants, or so I heard!  Why didn’t I leave earlier I hear you say.  Vans are not allowed to move until the show has finished!
8th July
I spent another great day at Reculver C of E Primary School showing 75 year four children my bugs.  They were a great bunch absolutely bursting with questions.  Many were brave enough to hold most of my bugs and quite a few wanted to eat a cricket or meal-worm but weren’t allowed to.  My bravery prize goes to a girl who screamed every time she held a bug but she kept on coming back for more, most impressed by her determination so well done!  Great lunch and very friendly staff and children so I look forward to returning in the future, thanks for inviting me.
7th July
I spent a great day at Thames View Primary School today in Rainham with 60 children from Seal and Starfish classes.  All of the children came to school dressed as bugs which was very impressive.  We spent the morning looking at all of my bugs, then in the afternoon went for lunch in the local park, then afterwards had a bug hunt, where I showed the children how to ‘beat’ the bushes to search for bugs.  Small groups at a time stretched out a large sheet under a bush whilst I beat it with a big stick to knock the bugs onto the sheet.  They were really keen to catch the bugs which included loads of Earwigs, Spiders, a Frog hopper and even a large Caterpillar which they all wanted to hold, so well done.  Really friendly staff, great children, most of whom wanted to hold my bugs and they all thought they were ‘cool’!  Look forward to a return visit next year!
4th July
Had a busy day yesterday with about 300 Rainbows and a few Brownies at the Swattenden Centre at Cranbrook who were attending their Ugly Bug Ball! I showed my bugs to about half of them and the other half visited Animal Encounters in the room next door. Great fun but hard work in the heat, There were lots of ‘Wows’, ‘Awesoms’ and ‘Amazings’ heard through the day, but also quite a few screams! Had good feedback at the end of the day saying they had all enjoyed meeting the bugs!
2nd July
Day 4 in France. This time we visited the National Nature Reserve at Wavrans-sur-La. This is almost a vertical south-facing hillside covered in chalk grassland and Juniper bushes – a rare habitat in the UK. Due to the steepness of the site we drove in around the top, then carried the traps a couple of hundred meters to the front of the hill. We recorded about 120 species, which wasn’t a good night for mothing, so it shows that it is a very good site habitat-wise. We recorded a Black V moth well away from its known habitat,and also an Orache moth which doesn’t occur in this part of France so maybe they were migrating. We’ve increased the list of known moths for this site, so that now the manager who was with us, will have a better understanding of the moths needs, habitat-wise.
1st July
Day 3 in France. Temperature reached 35 degrees today, so hot the roads melted. It was still 28 degrees at sunset and the next morning there was Sahara dust on the van! We trapped a different area of Claimarais Forest from last year. That time it rained all night but it brought out hundreds of Salamanders! Our list of species by the end of the night reached 135, absolutely astounding, probably never happen again in my lifetime! We found several species not recorded from this part of France, so put a lot of ‘dots’ on the distribution maps. Highlight was catching one Scarlet Tiger Moth, well away from its known sites, so hopefully we have discovered a new colony. We wondered why it wasn’t there last year as the habitat looks ideal for it. We also found Jubilee Fanfoot and Black V moth which are both very rare migrants in the UK so it was nice to see them. There were also a couple of Lesser Belle moths which are now extinct in the UK. There were so many insects around the traps it was hard to get near without them going up your nose or in your mouth, and we collected a nice series of bites! Still, didn’t have to eat breakfast next day as we filled up on insects during the night!
30th June
Day 2 in France. This time we visited the Foret Domaniale De Tournehem where nothing was known about the moths of this forest. On a really warm night and in spite of the full moon, which is not good for mothing, we recorded about 110 species of Macro-moth. On a good night in England it is rare to record over 100 species, so this must be a really good forest for moths to get that many on a poor night! We recorded several species outside of their known range so put many dots on their distribution maps. Several new students and conservationists turned up to learn about moth identification and habitats, so we had a great time! On the side of one trap we found a pair of Rosy Footman moths in cop (mating). I have never found moths in cop in a trap in over 40 years of mothing so it was a first. Not sure if they flew in in cop or did that after they arrived.
29th June
Day 1 in France carrying out another moth survey for the French Government with Sebastien Meziere of the Parc Naturel Régional des Caps et Marais d’Opale. The first night we spent at Mont-Saint-Frieux, which is a very large hill south of Boulogne, with Hubert the manager of the site, and a team of really keen students and conservationists. They are learning to identify moths and the knowledge they gain can then be put to use on the sites they manage in their own areas. We turned up one very beautiful Scarlet Tiger moth, which is protected in northern France due to it’s scarcity. Sebastien found a very large Cockchafer beetle that doesn’t occur in the UK. This made me jump when I picked it up as it let out a very large hiss which I wasn’t expecting!
25th June
I spent the morning with about 25 children at Valentines Nursery in Ilford in London.  Had great fun showing them all of my bugs.  Most of the 3 and 4 year olds were brave enough to hold or stroke most of the bugs. ‘Millie’ the Giant Millipede embarrassed me by ‘weeing’ on the carpet but all the rest of the bugs behaved perfectly, even ‘Katy’ the Katydid, she didn’t jump and fly around much at all!  Great children and staff, all very well behaved, thanks for inviting me!
20th June
I had a great time at Olivia’s Birthday Party this afternoon.  Olivia is bug-mad and wanted to hold most of my bugs.  Most of her fFriends also held quite a few so well done.  My Giant Atlas moth made a dash for freedom out of the window and flew down the road, she ended up in an elderly neighbour’s garden and was rescued by Olivia’s uncle, so very well done!  I was most impressed when Olivia said she wanted to try and eat a bug or two, she started with a locust, then polished off a cricket or two followed by a few meal-worms, but she said the legs got caught in her teeth!  We then played a few games and tackled the ‘art department’ and made some butterflies to take home.  Great fun and thanks for inviting me look forward to a return visit next year!  Have a look at the photos on my ‘Birthday Party Gallery’.
19th June
I visited the 2nd Willesborough Guides with my bugs tonight. A ‘lively’ bunch of about 25 girls including a few Brownies. I was impressed by how many wanted to ‘hug’ my bugs and nearly all wanted to hold my Giant Atlas moth and Eri Silkmoth. They were overflowing with intelligent questions but probably the best was “Do Cockroaches Fart?” Need I say more! A fun night, hope to visit again in the future, thanks for inviting me.
18th June
I spent the afternoon at St Michael’s East Wickham C of E VA Primary School in Welling for the ‘Go Wild for Fathers Day’ event. Lots of fathers and grandfathers and their children all came in to see and hold my bugs. Some of the children were really keen ‘bug-huggers’ and had their own Stick Insects and Caterpillars at home. Some children even ate a Meal-worm or Locust or two but I couldn’t tempt the adults to try any for some strange reason! Great fun, hope to see you again soon, thanks for inviting me.
17th June
I spent a great but very hot day today with 132 Year Five children at Upton Junior School in Broadstairs.  The words “awesome”, “amazing”, and “sick” were uttered quite a lot as the children held some bugs and stroked others.  Lots of funny expressions were seen on faces when I ate some Crickets and Meal-worms!  The children were very polite and asked lots of intelligent questions, and were “buzzing” when they went back to class, so a great day had by all, thanks for having me and I hope to come back soon!
15th June
I took my bugs along to show the children at Rainbow Preschool in Deal this morning.  Some remembered me from my visit last year, so it was good to meet them again and most of them were glad to meet and hold my bugs again!  ‘Katy’ the Katydid behaved herself and didin’t jump and fly around too much, and none of the other bugs disgraced themselves by ‘poohing’ on anybody’s hand, so a great time had by all, looking forward to a return visit next year.  Take a look at some photos on my ‘School and Nursery Photo Gallery’.
14th June
Had a busy day today at the 1st Garlinge Cub Scouts Summer Fair in Margate. Lots of children and a few adults hugged my bugs, and as I was so busy I had little time to take any photos! Some really keen ‘bug-huggers’ out there so it was nice to meet you all, hope to come back again soon.
9th June
I spent a wonderful day with 60 year one children at Blean Primary School today.  They asked some really tricky questions such as “do moths have noses” and do “Stick insects eat people”, one little girl made me laugh – “do you have a wife…………and children…………..because some people don’t ………….you know”?  “Well they don’t!”.  Another girl thought I looked like Elsa from Frozen, I said I do, but I’ve left my dress at home!  You couldn’t make it up, had to laugh!  After seeing two year one classes I had a visit from 60 reception children and they loved my bugs but I didn’t have time to let them hold them all but some gave some a stroke!  Great day, thanks for having me, hope to come back again soon.
5th June
Had fun and games with the Eastry Guides this evening.  About 20 Guides were braver than they thought and most of them held some of my bugs, the most popular was the Giant Atlas Moth which most of them had on their noses, as well as hands.  I think a lot of them were surprised at how the bugs felt when they held them and they weren’t as bad as many of them had thought!  Great evening, thanks for inviting me, hope to come back soon.
4th June
Had a great time today visiting about 50 children in the foundation classes at St Nicholas C of E primary School in New Romney today. Already lots of bug-huggers there that didn’t need any encouragement to hold my bugs, plus some who weren’t so sure. They all had plenty of well thought out questions so kept me on my toes. Lots of teachers also came in to hug a bug or two, and everybody agreed how beautiful my Giant Atlas Moths were. Most of the children think that bugs are amazing creatures now that they’ve seen some up close and held them. So, great day and thanks for inviting me, hope to come back soon.
1st June
I visited the 1st River Brownies tonight, it was good to see so many familiar faces from the local schools and after-school clubs.  The girls really loved holding my bugs and most of them were brave enough to have a Giant Atlas Moth on their noses, but none wanted to try a Cricket or Meal-worm to eat, can’t understand it!  I’m afraid ‘Millie’ the Millipede embarrassed me by ‘pooing’ on one lucky girl!  My Eyed Hawk-moth that had hatched from its pupa that morning ‘pooed’ on me, so great fun had by all!  Thanks for inviting me and look forward to seeing you again soon.  Take a look at the photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’.
30th/31st May
Here are a few photos taken on Saturday and Sunday at the Drop Redoubt in Dover. Saturday was dry and sunny but with a cold wind and Sunday was wet, colder and windier which spoilt things rather. I was helping out the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership who manage a lot of the top wildlife sites around Dover and Folkestone. Channel Four turned up on Saturday with Maureen Lipman and Larry Lamb, later in the day they went down to Samphire Hoe and filmed there, so watch out later in the year for their new series called Heritage. There were lots of reenactors who dressed the part splendidly, English, Scottish, French, German and Polish. Their weapons were extremely loud when they went off and there was an amazing English Sergent putting his poor troops through hell, but very funny and he had everyone laughing. So, apart from the weather a great weekend, look out for the next one, well worth a visit!
28th May
I spent a rather windy and cold afternoon leading a rock-pooling event for the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership at Folkestone Warren.  Over 40 children and adults came along to see what they could find.  Surprisingly they found quite a bit which included Crabs, large and small, dead and alive, one small unidentified fish, a large bunch of Cuttlefish eggs, a very large Prawn which is almost transparent, a few Anemones, one of which I put back in the water to see its tentacles appear, plenty of shells and Ammonites fossils and even ‘Fools Gold’ (Iron pyrites).  One girl who came along last year even remembered how to pick up a crab without being pinched and stated showing the other children how to do it!  One female crab had a large egg mass on her underside which is where they stay until they hatch and swim away.  Have a look at the photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’.
27th May
Another exciting day at Brogdale with my bugs yesterday.  48 children and their parents/grandparents all had a great time holding my bugs and going on a bug hunt with Kelly, followed by a bug-making craft session.  I’m afraid ‘Katy’ the Katydid did a ‘woopsie’ on me but all of the other creatures behaved themselves, although my Giant Atlas Moth flew around the room for a while like a giant Bat, which was impressive to see!  Some of the children came back for a second time because they enjoyed the February event so much, one family even came down from London!  There were some amazing creatures created in the craft session, and one girl even wrote a fact file about what her creature was and how it lived, complete with latin names!  Some of the children even ate a few Meal-worms and Crickets but the adults weren’t so brave!  Looking forward to the next event in August!  Have a look at all of the photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’.
23rd May
Had a fantastic time at Carmen’s Birthday Party yesterday! She absolutely adores bugs and insects and loved holding all of my bugs and so did many of her friends! Having seen the bugs we played the ‘cocoon’ game followed by ‘Guess how many worms are in the bowl’ thought up by Carmen’s mum, then Carmen and her friends made butterfly hair and wrist decorations, one of her friends even invented a new way to wear them – she made anklets, amazing imagination! I left Carmen one of my Eri Silkmoth caterpillars so that she could see it spin its cocoon then emerge in a few weeks as a beautiful moth. So Carmen thanks for inviting me and hope to see you again soon! Take a look at the photos on my ‘Birthday Party Gallery’.
22nd May
I spent an exciting day today at Dover College showing my bugs to the Early Years and Junior School children.  Great fun and they asked some really intellegent questions, and one young girl of about five knew everything there is to know about Millipedes and Centipedes, amazing!  There were lots of bug-mad children who all wanted to hold all of my bugs including the Scorpion and Centipede!  Some even wanted to eat a Cricket or two!  Had an excellent lunch in the dinning hall which I refer to as ‘Hogwarts’, the only thing that was missing was the floating candles, but apparently they had forgotten to put them up today!  So great day, great children, staff and food – couldn’t ask for more, look forward to going back soon.
21st May daytime
Spent the day today at Mersham Primary School and showed the whole school my bugs from Reception class to year 6. Many words were heard in the crowds such as ‘Wow!’ and ‘Awsome!’ One young boy asked me when he was going to hold one of my “gigantatic moths” and I said to him you’ve aready held one on my Atlas Moths, and his reply was “no that gigantatic moth there” pointing to the cage, when I looked there were two Atlas moths with overlapping wings so they did in fact look just like a gigantatic moth, so he was right! Great fun and the children loved the bugs, thanks for inviting me, hope to come back again soon.
21st May evening
This evening I was invited to take my bugs along to meet the 1st Lyminge Brownies, the Rainbows and Guides also came along. I had a great time showing them all of my bugs and they loved holding quite a few of them, some with their hands and some even with their noses, so well done all, you all need a badge! Thanks for inviting me, had a great night! I had a couple of mums contact me afterwards to say how much their daughters enjoyed the evening so thanks for that.  Take a look at the photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’
20th May
Just spent an exciting day with the reception class at Chattenden Primary School. Really good fun, very well behaved children and friendly staff. The children asked lots of interesting questions and loved holding the bugs, and a couple were really brave and had a Giant Atlas Moth on their noses! Words like cool and beautiful were heard, which made my day. Some of the older year groups were really keen to find out all about the bugs and asked lots of questions as well. Hope to go back again soon!
19th May
I’ve just spent the morning with Year 2 at Vale View Primary School in Dover. Had great fun showing them my bugs – and eating some – much to some peoples disgust, going by the ‘urrrhs’ and looks on their faces! Still, a lot liked holding my bugs and some were even brave enough to have a Giant Atlas Moth on their hands, and even some on their noses! Great school, very friendly staff and great children, hope to come back again soon!
11th May
I took my bugs along to meet the 5th Dover Brownies last night and I was really impressed by how many were so brave and wanted to hold most of my bugs! One poor girl got ‘poohed-on’ by ‘Millie’ the Millipede, and I got ‘poohed-on’ by a newly-emerged Eyed Hawk-moth but apart from that we all survived! ‘Katie’ the Katydid behaved well and didn’t fly around too much and the glow-in-the-dark Scorion produced a few ‘wows’. Quite a few were brave enough to have a Giant Atlas Moth on their noses – bit itchy, but good fun! Have a look at all the photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’.
9th May
I’ve just returned home from the Whitstable Junior School Spring Fair – and it was busy! Never seen so many keen ‘bug-huggers’ in such a short space of time! So busy in fact that I never even had time to take any photos. Thanks for inviting me, and I hope you raised loads of money. I look forward to coming back another time.
7th May
I had an interesting day at Stoke Community School on the Isle of Grain yesterday.  I showed my bugs to Reception and Nursery classes, which they seemed to enjoy, but they weren’t too sure about eating insects as part of their diet!  When asked what she thought this insect might be called (a Leaf Insect) one little girl said a leaflet which I thought was great!  It would be a fantastic name for a baby Leaf Insect though!  Had a great school dinner, so thanks for that, compliments to the chef, but it didn’t have any bugs in it unfortunately!  Great school, friendly staff and great children so thanks for inviting me!
22nd April
Just had another great day in Hawkinge Primary School, this time with Van Gogh class, about 26 4 – 5 year olds.  They were all very keen and wanted to hold a lot of my bugs.  Some pulled some funny faces when I ate a Cricket or Meal-worm, but apart from that they seemed to enjoy it!  Again they all asked lots of interesting questions so a great day had by all!
21st April
I’ve just spent an enjoyable day with Kadinsky class at Hawkinge Primary School.  Great fun and they liked seeing all of my bugs.  The favourite seemed to be the Giant Atlas Moths, and one girl actually called my bugs ‘snuggly’!  They asked lots of interesting questions so well done!  Great school and children and a credit to the teachers and parents!  Look forward to going back in again.
27th March
Had to share this amazing thank you card just received from the children of Temple Ewell school near Dover, that I took my bugs into a couple of weeks ago.  A fantastic piece of work that must have taken ages to put together.  Makes my day that the children loved the bugs so much and learnt a lot about them.  Comments ranged from “my favourite part was when you ate the bug” to “loved all of it but especially being able to hold the bugs”, “especially liked the moth on your nose”, “favourite part was when you ate the bugs – I didn’t know you could eat bugs!” and favourite part was when you put a butterfly on my nose!”  I was really touched by your kind comments and it makes happy that you enjoyed the bugs so much so thank you again! Have a look at the photos on my ‘School and Nursery Photo Gallery’ page.
24th, 25th, 26th March
Just returned home from Eastbury Primary School in east London having spent three days showing lots of different classes my bugs.  Three hard days but lots of fun, the children were great, the staff were fabulous, too many staff to thank individually but all of you were great and the children are a testament to your teaching skills – very polite and well behaved, so well done!  I really enjoyed my three days with you but not the long horrendous drive every day!  I suppose the highlight of the three days was when a young boy put his hand up when I showed the children a photo, and he said “I know what that is, it’s a Water Bear” and he was right! No adults know what it is, ever, so I was blown away by his remark, speechless!
18th March
Had the pleasure of taking my bugs to meet the 1st Eastry Brownies as part of their ‘bug challenge’ badge.  ‘Katy’ the Katydid almost behaved herself and I was really impressed by the 22 really brave brownies who held most of my bugs, including Katy, and I’ve never had so many people in one place who wanted to have my Giant Atlas Moth on their nose!  So well done everyone, a badge well earned!  Have a look at the photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’
14th March
Had a great time at Toby’s Birthday Party! His favourite was definitely Katy the Katydid. Toby and his three and four year old friends loved holding my bugs but none wanted to eat a cricket or meal worm! Great fun playing a few games and the small pony that came into the hall caused quite a stir!  Have a look at some photos on my ‘Birthday Party Gallery’.
11th March
Had another exciting day at Temple Ewell Primary School. Another 70 children from Reception to year 5 came, saw and ‘hugged’ my bugs! Great children, and they really seemed to enjoy getting up close to the bugs as part of their science week. We covered habitats, growing and rain forests and they asked some really interesting questions and I have to admit I had trouble answering a couple of them! Still, great fun and hopefully I’ll see them again in the future!
10th March
I spent an enjoyable day at Temple Ewell Primary School today showing 70 very excited children my bugs. They ranged in age from year 1 to year 6 and I told them all about Rain forests, Habitats and evolution and showed them various bugs that live in different habitats, and let them get up really close to them and they held quite a few. Many were brave enough to ask to eat crickets and meal worms, but unfortunately because their parents or guardians weren’t present I couldn’t let them! They asked some really intelligent questions about bugs though! Great day.
1st March
Had an interesting day today with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust learning all about British Bumblebees along with 24 other volunteers at Samphire Hoe. Did you know that there are only about 25 species? You’d think they would be easy to separate. Trouble is some males look like workers of other species, some workers look different from their Queens and there are plenty of interlopers that look like Bumblebees but are actually Hoverflies or Cuckoo Bumblebees which are in fact parasites! So we are all ‘Bumblebee experts’ now after expert tuition but it’s going to take a lot of practice in the field and lots of further guidance from the experts. The aim of the exercise is to monitor the declining Bumblebee population and flag the ones that are struggling and near extinction before they actually become extinct, so that extra effort can be put in to conserving them. If you would like to help Bumblebees and are concerned about their future look at www.bumblebeeconservation.org for more information.
22nd February
I’ve just returned home after another fun day scrub clearing. This time to improve the habitat of the rare Duke of Burgundy Fritillary on a private estate near Ashford. The butterflies are seen here every year but only in low numbers, so hopefully with the work we are doing it will increase their chances of multiplying!  This work is being carried out by Butterfly Conservation, Natural England and Denge Wood Project volunteers.
19th February
It was a busy afternoon at the new education shelter at Samphire Hoe today. About 70 children and adults turned out on a very windy day, but it was nice and snug inside! We learned all about Butterflies and what they get up to in winter, had a brief stroll outside to see where some of them breed, then it was back into the warm, first to make a hibernaculum for bugs, then make a Butterfly, Spider or Dragonfly to take home. Everybody seemed to enjoy it inspite of the wind!
17th February
Another great day at Brodale Beastie Day today.  About 31 children and their parents and carers turned out on a cold but sunny day to hug a few bugs, and go on a rather muddy bug hunt with Kelly the explorer.  Having showed the children my tropical Millipedes and Centipedes they went out to find their own, albeit smaller, but the same in every way!  The art was very popular and the children made some amazing model bugs, I think the favourite was a Stick Insect followed closely by a dragonfly.  I hope to be back there again in the May half-term so have a look at the websites for details.  See some photos on my ‘Other Events’ page.
15th February
Just spent the day with volunteers from the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership and the Western Heights Preservation Society clearing scrub and trees from the moat around part of the Drop Redoubt in Dover! Great fun but hardwork. We had a look at the rifle range at one end of the moat and also some photos of it in use in 1913, just before they went off to war, wonder how many came back?
8th February
I took my bugs to Henry’s Birthday Party today and had a great time!  I know Henry and quite a few of his friends from an after school bug club that I ran.  They had seen some of my bugs before but I had quite a few new ones they hadn’t seen before.  The Centipede caused quite a few screams when it started to run fast and tried to climb out of the tank!  Quite a few brave souls decided they wanted to eat a few meal-worms and crickets so I was most impressed!  The Goliath Beetle grub was a big hit as were most of the others.  We had a great time playing bug-related games afterwards, not sure who was more worn out, me or the children!  Henry’s birthday cake was amazing – looked just like the real thing, so I kept my eye on it in case it ran off!  Tasted just like Cockroaches as well – only kidding – it was delicious!!!  Have a look at the photos on my Birthday Party Gallery.
24th January
Had a great time at Hope’s Birthday Party in spite of the armed siege taking place just down the road!  Hope and her friends loved the bugs and it was nice to see so many children in one place who are mad on bugs!  The Millipede cake was delicious (always wondered what Millipede tastes like, bet it isn’t as nice as the cake!)  Have a look at the photos on my ‘Birthday Party Gallery’.
17th January
Had a great time at Lakshmi’s Birthday Party today.  She and her friends loved meeting my bugs and holding quite a few of them as well, then we played a few games, and then it was time to go home sadly.  Thanks for inviting me Priya.
11th January 2015
Just a few photos of our work party at Denge Woods. Now that the trees have been removed and the sun floods the forest floor, the dormant seeds of the rare plants will germinate and provide a wonderful refuge for all of the rare Butterflies and Moths and other wildlife that are found here.  See ‘Other Events Gallery’.
23rd December
I was invited to Mae’s 2nd Birthday Party today, great fun and she loved my bugs, as did all of her friends.  We had fun playing the ‘cocoon’ game and ‘pin the tail on the Scorpion’, then everybody made butterflies to take home!  Great party, thanks for inviting me.  Take a look at the photos on my ‘Birthday Party Gallery’.
17th December
Had a great time at Aliyah’s Birthday Party.  I was most impressed by her dress, which was hand made, and is the National costume of her mums home country of Kazakhstan!  Aliyah and her friends loved meeting my bugs, and all of the party games which followed.  Have a look at the photos on my ‘Birthday Party Gallery’.
14th December

I spent a cold but sunny day with other volunteers in Denge wood today cutting down the invading conifers, which are shading out the Duke of Burgundy Fritillary Butterfly’s foodplant. Here are some before and after shots on my ‘Other Events Gallery’. We left the trunks in situ so we could drill holes for a very rare bee discovered on site last year – more info to follow. After lunch we moved over the other side of the track and started cutting back re-growth and created a clearing. We will be back after Christmas to continue this clearing, and link up the sunny track with this area and another further down the track. For more information on Denge Wood and what lives there, take a look at the website http://www.dengewoods.info/?cat=8
12th December
Had a fun afternoon today at St Martins Primary School Christmas Fair and met lots of keen ‘bug-huggers’!  Some I’ve met two or three times before at other events, so it was good to see they were still enthusiastic about the bugs and had to hold them all again!  See the photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’ page.
6th December (pm)

After a quick lunch it was all change for a flying visit to Folkestone Warren where the ‘Big Scrub Bash’ was underway. At the gate I was greeted by a ‘big scrub basher’ who I shall call Al. He had enormous horns and even longer hair, but he and his friends were really placid and friendly (see the photos). Al is one of the grazing herd of Highland Cattle who is taking on the task of stopping the scrub from re-growing once it was cut by volunteers, to return this wonderful site back to Chalk Grassland, which is rarer than rain forest! If anyone wants to join in let me know!
6th December (am)
Spent a busy morning at the Folkestone Early Years Childrens Centre with some of my bugs at their Christamas Fair. I met lots of interested children and their adults who were keen to hold my bugs. There were lots of fantastic prizes in the raffle which were kindly donated and everyone seemed to have lots of fun!
29th November
Had a busy day at the Whitfield and Aspen Primary School Winter Fayre Today.  Lots of visitors came to see and hold my bugs, and several cam back to be re-acquainted with ‘Delilah’ the Spiny Devil and ‘Mille’ the Millipede who they met at previous school Fayre’s.  ‘Katy’ the Katydid caused a bit of a stir when she flew across the classroom and so did my Owl Moth, who warmed up its wing muscles and took flight!  So a great day out but very busy.  Looking forward to the Summer Fayre!  Have a look at some photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’.
22nd November
Had lots of fun at Cooper’s Birthday Party.  He and most of his 20 freinds were mad on bugs and held most of them.  Had fun playing ‘Cocoon’ and ‘Pin-the tail-on-the-Scorpion’ as well!  Great party!
9th November
I had lots of fun showing Adan and 20 of his friends my bugs at his Birthday Party.  Adana is already a keen bug-hunter and wants to be one when he grows up so good for him!  Great day and thanks for inviting me.
8th November
I was invited to Mia’s 2nd Birthday Party today, great fun showing her and all of her friends my bugs.  Then we played a couple of games – ‘Cocoon’ and ‘Pin-the-tail-on-the-Scorpion’.  I think the latter one was the favourite, as they wanted to play it over and over again!  Take a look at a few photos on my ‘Birthday Party Gallery’
1st November
I was invited to Jakes Birthday Party today, great fun showing Jake and all of his friends my bugs.  There was a loud ‘URRRGH’ when I ate a cricket to show the children how good insects are to eat, and when the lights went out there was a loud ‘WOW’ as my Scorpion ‘glowed’ in the dark!  Played a few bug-related games and everyone went home with a smile on their faces.  Great time had by all and a great cake design!  See some photos on my ‘Birthday Party Gallery’.
30th October
Had a great time this afternoon at the Cuxton Parents Forum Halloween Party.  130 children and parents came to see my bugs and ‘cuddle’ some of them!  The children were more keen to hug the bugs than the parents!  The disco music was rather loud but didn’t seem to upset the bugs.  I was put in a spooky gazebo kindly put up by the parents, which gave the whole experience a rather spooky atmosphere!  Great party and everyone seemed to enjoy the bugs.  Have a look at the photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’.
29th October
I took my bugs to the Brogdale Beastie Day today and showed them to about 30 intrepid bug hunters and their families!  After looking at and holding a lot of my bugs they went outside in the rain!  Here they searched for bugs and beasties and found quite a few, including Beetles, Woodlice and Spiders.  Afterwards they returned to the hall to have them identified and then set them free again outside.  Then it was time for bug making and they made quite a few impressive bugs to take home.  Everyone had a great time inspite of the damp day!
27th October
I spent the morning with the children in the holiday club at Park Avenue Nursery in Deal.  They loved my bugs apart from ‘Katy’ the Katydid, who was very naughty, and flew onto a girls leg and made her scream!  A two year-old wanted to hold all of my bugs and didn’t want to go home when her mum picked her up, and she loved holding my Giant Atlas Moth, had no fear at all!  One boy asked when I was coming back because he enjoyed it so much.  So, great fun, and hope to go back again soon.
17th October
I spent the morning at Christ Church Nursery in Folkestone showing the two and three year-olds my bugs.  Some were keen to hold everything and others weren’t too sure.  One three year-old girl was heard to utter those immortal words “that’s disgusting” as I polished off a Cricket and Meal-worm to show the children how good bugs are to eat, to the great amusement of the staff!  Great fun and hope to go back again soon.
16th October
It was the last after-school nature club today at River Primary School sadly.  Today I turned one ‘lucky’ child into an insect which was then dissected to show the inner workings of the abdomen – messy but quite painless!  Then we had a look at ‘Katy’ my Katydid in all her glory, and she flew onto my face which caused howls of laughter, followed by ‘pooping’ on the floor – ‘Katy’ that is, not me!  Had a close look at ‘Fred’ my Hissing Cockroach who refused to hiss, followed by Nature Detectives where the children had to solve a wildlife ‘murder’ by solving the clues.  Always great fun and the children seem to love it, shame when it has to end, but I’m sure I’ll be back again!
12th October
Spent a dry but busy day again with the French volunteers and Kent Wildlife Trust, clearing the steep ramparts around the back of Dover Castle. Hard work but good fun! This area will be grazed once it is cleared to stop the woodland returning and hopefully the chalk grassland flora and fauna will return, then it will look like it did in the 1940′s – heaving with wildlife!  Take a look at my ‘Other Events Gallery’ to some photos.
11th October

Had a good but wet day at Whitfield Hill today helping the Kent Wildlife Trust clear trees and scrub from chalk Grassland. There is still a bit of rich grassland here and now we’ve taken out the trees in between it should spread to fill in the gaps. 28 French volunteers came over by coach including children and they all worked like trojans including the children! There were also about 30 Kent Wildlife trust volunteers so we cut and burnt a few tons of trees today, the bigger logs get taken home for wood burners! Will rest now and build up my strength for tomorrow at Dover Castle, should be dry, so please come along and help if you can!  Take a look at my ‘Other Events Gallery’ to some photos.
9th October
Spiders Spiders everywhere! That’s what you would have thought if you had attended River Primary School’s after-school nature club today! First we had a look at ‘Boris’ my pet baby Tarantula, then the children handled a very large but dead one! Then we made spider hats, and finally finished off by looking at some photos of weird and wonderful spiders from around the world. Next week is our last club for the year so don’t miss it!
5th October

I was helping out at the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership’s stand today at the Drop Redoubt Open Day. Lots of loud bangs and smoke, with bodies liberally strewn around the fort as the re-enactors fought their skirmishes. I met a couple of children from River Primary School’s after-school Nature Club whose parents said they loved it so much that it’s the only day of the week where they can’t wait to get to school, so I must be doing something right! Also ‘cured’ a young lady of her Spider/Moth phobia by coaxing her to hold my Giant Atlas Moth, whose legs look like a spiders! So had a great day out and signed up a few volunteers as well!
2nd October
Just returned from running the after-school Nature Club at River Primary School. Today we made hibernaculums from old drink bottles, newspaper and leaves, so that the children could take them home and put them in the garden, to give insects somewhere to hibernate in the coming winter. After that we had a close look at a British Millipede and compared it to a giant African one, looked at a False Black Widow spider, and a Merveille du Jour moth from my back garden, which was sporting it’s amazing camoflage pattern on its wings, which look just like a Lichen-covered branch!
30th September
I took my bugs along to meet the 1st Hawkinge Brownies tonight.  They loved seeing the bugs and holding and stroking a few of them.  There were a few screams when ‘Katy’ the Katydid took off and flew around a couple of times, but apart from that the girls were really calm and asked lots of interesting questions.  Three brave Brownies even came back at the end and ate a Cricket and Mealworm and said they tasted OK!  Have a look at some photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’.
25th September
I was at River Primary School in Dover this afternoon for their after-school nature club.  We had 13 plus another new pupil joined us making a total of 14 keen bug hunters.  First we beat the bushes and potted the bugs that fell out, mostly different sorts of spiders, but also ladybirds and millipedes.  Whilst showing the children how to make a pit-fall trap out of a coffee cup an earwig was disturbed which we had a close look at.  Previously I had shown them my live scorpion in the classroom and how it glows under ultra-violet light, along with a dead very venomous species, so that they could see the difference between the two sorts.  Looking forward to next weeks club!
23rd September
Just returned from Churchill Primary School in Hawkinge, where year 6 have been drawing all of my bugs, and even holding some. Most of the 60 children managed to hold my Giant Atlas moth, but they seemed to enjoy it the most when Delilah my Giant Spiney Devil stick insect produced a ‘poo’ followed by Millie my Giant African Millipede, but hers was a lot runnier! The children produced some fantastic drawings of my bugs and I could see that some of them could have a career in drawing when they are older!
18th September
I ran an after-school Nature Club with Jess at River Primary School today. Twelve intrepid pond-dippers left no piece of weed unturned in their hunt for Tadpoles, Damselfly nymphs, Pond Skaters, Water Boatmen and anything else that moved! All were put into trays so we could have a closer look and I told them something about them. Then we went inside and I floated a sewing needle on a bowl of water to show them how Pond Skaters use the surface tension to walk on water. This was followed by a hold of my Giant Atlas moth female, the male ‘wee’d’ on the carpet much to everyone’s amusement! Roll on next week!
12th September
I spent today with the children from St Peters Infants School in Rochester.  Had great fun showing them all of my bugs, some of which most of them held, and they seemed to really enjoy it, saying things like “WOW” and “AMAZING”, which made my day.  The children were all well behaved and polite and asked some really interesting questions.  Hope to go back soon!
3rd September
My bugs and I were invited to George’s Birthday Party, he is absolutely mad on bugs, infact I first met him at the ‘Bug and Beastie day’ at Brogdale a few weeks ago.  Had great fun and he and all of his friends really enjoyed meeting all of my bugs!
2nd September
I took my bugs along to Noah’s Birthday Party.  He’s really mad on all things bugs and know loads about them, he even recognized an Eyelash Mite photo!  He even has a pet Tarantula!  Great day and he and his brother, friends and family really enjoyed the day.
25th – 29th August
I was asked by the French Government to carry out a moth survey of four sites near St Omer in Northern France. This couldn’t have been carried out without the generous assistance of Sebastien Meziere who took us around all four sites where we discussed the management and history of the sites. We were joined on most nights by eager students, some having travelled over 100km to reach us. No moth recording had been carried out on these sites before which are part of the Parc naturel regional des Caps et Marais d’Opale. It had been raining all day on the 25th and it continued all night as well, but this is the perfect weather for moth recording as they seem to love it! We were taken to Clairmarais Forest with our special permits, to allow us to be in the forest after 9pm, as people are not allowed in the forest after this time. The rain also brought out the Fire Salamanders in force as well as Toads and Frogs. Sebastien our host, had never seen so many before and they were everywhere, so one had to be very careful walking around in the dark. There was even a courting pair, and Sebastien had never seen them pairing so late in the year. There were plenty of babies also. The yellow patches contain neurotoxins which some people react badly to and it can also burn sensitive skin. When we drove out of the forest about 3am we counted 91 individuals on about a kilometre of track, and they took some avoiding. Many get killed on the main road nearby at night which is very sad. We recorded one species of moth not previously recorded in the region, but all the records were new, as no recording has been carried out here in modern times. The next night we were taken to Desvres Forest, which is between St Omer and Bologne on the coast. The rain started just as it got dark and soaked everything including us. Moths were low in number, possibly caused by aerial spraying of insecticide to combat the Gypsy Moth, which is a pest in forests sometimes. On the third night we were taken to a private marsh near St Omer that had never been trapped before, so every moth was a new one for the database. During the daytime we had a trip to Bray Dunes on the north coast just over the Belgium border where we saw Grayling and Queen of Spain Fritillary butterflies. On the last night we met ‘captain’ Albert, who ferried us to a remote grazed marsh that is untouched by modern farming methods, so we were hoping for great things. It was unfortunately quite clear and cold but we managed to record some marshland specialities. We had to duck a few times due to hunters on the opposite side of the canal shooting ducks in the dark. It’s very popular in France to hunt wild duck and all around the guns were blasting away all night! We found some species in the area that are not already mapped in the latest book on the moths of northern France, so it was an exciting trip. Hoping to go back next year and carry out more recording.
23rd and 24th August
I took my bugs along to the Brogdale Cider Festival in Faversham Kent. This is the home of the National Fruit Collection. I was invited to bring my bugs along and show them to the thousands of people who attended. The Giant Atlas moth is always popular, as well as ‘Millie’ the Millipede. A young girl said she didn’t like Millipedes and backed away when I took the lid off of the tank. I gently coaxed her to stroke ‘Millie’ which she did, I then lifted her out and showed the young girl all of her amazing legs, and finally she held her, and burst into fits of giggles, because ‘Millie’s legs tickled so much. She went away loving Millipedes, so It’s moments like these that make it so worthwhile for me, showing the public how amazing bugs are, and not something to be feared!
22nd August
I led a rock-pooling event at Folkestone Warren. I was asked to run the event by the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership who do a great job of organising nature events for children and adults. The children who did turn up really enjoyed themselves, and I noticed that some of the adults were getting stuck in, proving that you are never too old to enjoy rock-pooling!  Take a look at some photos on my ‘Other Events’ Gallery.
16th August
Had a great afternoon at Adam’s Birthday Party.  He and his friends loved holding my bugs and learning all about them.  This was followed by delicious food and barbeque, where other family members turned up, and I showed them all of my bugs again!  Didn’t have time to play any party games, but the art department was very busy with children making Butterflies, Spiders and Dragonflies to take home.  Great fun and thanks for inviting me.  Take a look at some photos on the ‘Birthday Party Gallery’ page.
15th August
I spent the afternoon with about 25 children at the IPS Childcare organization at Teynham.  They loved my bugs especially when they got to hold some and stroke others, they particularly liked the Privet and Poplar Hawk-moth caterpillars.  Had some lovely food as well including the ‘mud and worms’ moose, harly had any room left for my Crickets and Meal-worms, yum!
13th August
Had a great fun day at Brogdale Mini-Beastie Day today.  Twenty-six children and their families had a fun-packed day.  First I showed them my bugs and let them hold most of them, a couple of brave brothers ate a meal-worm or two, then they had a bug hunt, followed by lunch.  In the afternoon they made bug artwork, including my favourite, a Stick Insect, made from a stick and a few pipe cleaners!  They had a go at ‘Guess the flavour of the different coloured drinks’ competition, the ‘longest apple peel Competition, which came in at just under two metres, and looked at their bug charts to see what bugs and butterflies everybody had seen for the ‘Big Butterfly Count’.  Then they made their way home, and they all seemed to enjoy the day as did the adults.  Great day not to be missed, so look out for the next one!  Take a look at some photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’
11th August
Had a great afternoon on Folkestone Downs leading a bug hunt for the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership today. An amazing 23 keen bug hunters turned up and about half were from Holland! Inspite of the dodgy weather forecast this was even more remarkable. We had sun for most of the time with just a few puffy clouds. The amazing Adonis Blue Butterfly was in attendance and a few of the children managed to pot a few to have a closer look. I was busy looking for its eggs on the foodplant – Horseshoe Vetch, but couldn’t see any, but I was soon shown how to do it by a young girl who said after 5 seconds of looking ” is that one there?” and she was right! The children also found lots of butterflies, Grasshoppers, Shield bugs, Woodlice and Caterpillars and the same girl who found the butterfly egg also ‘found’ a Great Green Bush Cricket which jumped on to her neck! Great fun had by all! Have a look at the photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’ to see everybody hard at work!
4th August
I spent a pleasant morning at Christchurch Nursery in Folkestone showing the children all of my bugs, not sure if they were a bigger hit with the children or staff, but they all seemed to enjoy them, even the two-year olds!  This was my third or fourth visit and I’m always made welcome, so it was good to be back again.
31st July
Had a wonderful afternoon at High Meadow and Whinless Down in Dover yesterday leading a bug hunt.  Great Chalk Grassland site teeming with butterflies and other wildlife including Konic Ponies!  It’s a shame that only one family came out, and they caught the bus from Folkestone!  These White Cliff Countryside Partnership events are free but a donation is welcome, so where are all the families who say they can’t aford to take their children out in the summer holidays?  So get out and join in with these free events right on your doorstep, and see some beautiful countryside.  The little girl wasn’t too keen to come along, but given a bug pot she was hooked in no time at all, and asked lots of interesting questions.  Have a look at my ‘Other Events Gallery’ to see some photos.
27th July
Today was the Rare Breeds Butterfly, Bugs and Beasties Weekend.  I set up in the Discovery Zone building and showed visitors my bugs.  There were three families from Holland and one from Germany, who all spoke better English than me!  Great day out and lots to see and do, lots of volunteers brought in bugs, bees, moths and caterpillars for visitors to see.  Torential rain in the afternoon put a dampener on things but it meant that some people spent more time with my bugs whilst sheltering from the rain!  Take a look at my ‘Other Events Gallery’ to see some photos.
26th July
I helped out on the Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership’s stall at the New Romney Country Fayre today.  A long day but good fun inspite of the heat!  I met many children and adults that were there last year and came back to meet the bugs again.  Apart from by bugs RMCP had baby Newts, Medicinal Leeches and baby Slow-worms on show which are all breeding locally.  Lots of the many thousands of visitors learned new facts about these creatures which made the day worthwhile.  Take a look at my ‘Other Events Gallery’ to see some photos.
25th July
I spent a great day at the ISP Childcare Funday near Sittingbourne in Kent on Friday.  Absolutely baking-hot day which suited the bugs but everybody else was flagging in the heat!  Nearly everybody was wearing fancy dress, so to fit in, I had my face painted like Spiderman by two young girls (who failed to warn me how difficult dark red is to remove no matter how hard I scrubbed)!  I scared a few babies, but remember I also scare quite a few adults when I don’t have my face painted, so it was probably an improvement!  Anyway about 500 children and their families and carers came from all over the south of England to enjoy a great day out.  Take a look at my ‘Other Events Gallery’ to see some photos.
20th July
Had a very busy day today at the Hawkinge Summer Spectacular.  Hundreds of people filled my tent, so many in fact that at one point I couldn’t move!  I saw lots of children with their parents who I’d visited in schools in the last few months, and they were really keen to show their parents what they’d seen and held!  Great day out, have a look at my ‘Other Events Gallery’ to see the photos.
19th July
I Had a busy day today at the Herne Bay Infants School Summer Fayre.  It was very warm again but not as hot as yesterday.  My Giant Atlas Moth almost took off when I got it out of its cage!  There were lots of keen bug-lovers to give my bugs a hug so I didn’t get much time to take many photos, but what there are are on my ‘Other Events Gallery’ page so take a look.  A special mention to Erin who loved bugs and she was telling me all of these (and anybody else) amazing facts that she had learned by watching Deadly Sixty’s Steve Backshall on the television, so well done Erin I am amazed and impressed!
18th July
Very hot today (32c), bugs loved it but the humans were melting!  I took my bugs to Vale View Primary School Fete in Dover.  Lots of Year Two and Year Three children came in to see the bugs and show their parents what bugs they had been seeing and holding on my last visit.  They remembered lots of facts that I’d told them so well done!
17th July
I had the pleasure of showing all of my bugs today at Eastbury Primary School in East London.  I visited 120 Year One children and 30 Nursery children.  Most of them seemed to enjoy it inspite of the temperature – it was rather warm (29c), but my bugs didn’t mind the heat as most of them come from the tropical Rainforest!  A long drive but good fun, and I’d like to say that the nursery children were really well behaved and polite, so well done!
13th July
Back to cold and wet in the morning but it warmed up again in the afternoon so my bugs and visitors were pleased.  Have a look at my Other Events Gallery to see some photos of the day.
12th July
The complete opposite of day one, with blazing hot sunshine which warmed the marquee up nicely.  My bugs really enjoyed the heat, even my Giant Atlas Moths were getting active!  Have a look at my Other Events Gallery to see some photos of the day.
11th July
Day one of the Kent County Show in the showground at Dettling near Maidstone.  I, and all of of my bugs were in the ISP Fostering organisation’s marquee who do a great job.  The weather was cold and wet and if it wasn’t raining it was drizzling, but still the public came out and enjoyed the show.  Have a look at my Other Events Gallery to see some photos of the day.
10th July
I had the honour, if you’ll excuse the pun! of attending Honour and Oscar’s Birthday Party and showing them and their many friends my bugs.  Honour and Oscar loved them all but their favourite was definitely ‘Millie’ the Millipede!  Honour was amazing in her Peacock outfit!  Take a look at the Birthday Party Gallery to see some photos.
9th July
I’ve been to Eastbury Primary School in Barking East London today showing my bugs to 150 Nursery and Reception children. Hard work but good fun! Going back next week to see Year One children. They were really keen to hold some of my bugs and they seemed to enjoy it as it’s not something they see every day! They particularly enjoyed watching me eat some Crickets and Meal-worms (Yummy!) and they couldn’t beleive their eyes, and quite a few wanted to try them as well!
8th July
I spent today in with year four at River Primary School in Dover and showed them all of my bugs with special attention on the famous Peppered Moth.  This moth produced a black form in the Industrial Revolution to match the tree trunks where it rests in the day time, which were all covered in soot.  The white form was easily spotted by birds and eaten so was very rare.  That was 150 years ago.  Since the 1950′s with the Clean Air Act and less pollution the moth has reverted to the white form, and the black form is getting rare again, as it is picked off by birds on light coloured tree trunks!  Anyway the children loved all of my other bugs and were really keen to hold them all!  In the afternoon two groups of children didn’t have a teacher with them and they were really well behaved,  they were a credit to the school so well done.  Best part of the day according to the children was when Katy the Katydid ‘pooed’ on my hand!  I will probably be running an after-school bug club again in September which is really popular, so can’t wait!
7th July
I spent the day today with both foundation classes at River Primary School in Dover showing them my bugs.  They were very well behaved and polite and a credit to their school!  They really loved the bugs – even the ones who weren’t too sure about them were still fascinated, and one group loved it when my Giant Atlas Moth escaped from her cage and flew around the classroom!  I’m back there tomorrow with year three, showing all of my bugs, but particularly the famous Peppered Moth and it’s fascinating evolution to black and back!  Intrigued?  Read more on tomorrow’s report!
5th July
Had great fun at the Whitfield and Aspen Summer Fayre today.  Met some really keen bug lovers.  One young lady even remembered all of their names and what kind of insect they were when she gave her mum and dad the guided tour later!  Have a look at some photos on the ‘Other Events Gallery’ page.
3rd July
I had the pleasure of attending the Two A’s Birthday Party today (I’ve been asked not to use names).  They and their friends were really excited by my bugs and loved holding them – even the prickly ones!  Their favourites were the Giant Atlas Moth, Leaf Insect and of course the ‘baby’ Giant Stick Insect!  Have a look at some photos on the Birthday Party Gallery page.
2nd July
I paid a visit to Woodlands Day Nursery today near Tunbridge Wells with all of my bugs.  The children were really excited about my visit and loved seeing the bugs.  When my giant Stick Insect decided to go for a walk on my face the children loved it and were howling with laughter!  My Giant Millipede embarrassed me by doing a whoopsie on my hand but the children loved it anyway!  Look forward to a return visit soon as the children were really well behaved and polite, and one four year old boy even knew what most of the bugs were – a future budding entomologist perhaps?  Take a look at a couple of photos on my School and Nursery Gallery.
21st June
Had a wonderful but draughty day at the Hawkinge Primary School Fete.  Out on the playing field it was a bit windy but still my bugs loved meeting people as can be seen by the photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’!  Some of the year 3 and 4 children I visited a couple of weeks ago in school came back to meet the bugs again with their parents.  Great day!
20th June
I’ve just spent the morning with 30 children in year 3 at Vale View Primary School in Dover.  They loved my bugs and some even held them.  A special suprise was my ‘baby’ giant stick insect that shed its skin right in front of the children and came out with its new skin, and it was almost twice the size, so I had trouble fitting it back in to the tank to take it home again!  Great children, hope to come back again soon.
19th June
I’ve just returned from visiting the 60 wonderful children in the two reception classes at Blean Primary School. They were really well behaved, and loved looking at and handling my bugs, and they asked some really good questions, thank you for inviting me, hope to come back soon.
17th June
Another 180 children from Churchill Primary School visited Frank and Betty’s Field today to learn about, and search for bugs.  They also had great fun building bug boats, bug dens, leaf and flower identification, searching for Rabbit holes and droppings and lots of other fun activities.  The event was sponsored by Hawkinge Town Council and was run with the help of Steve Walker from the Hawkinge Environment Group and organised by the Bug Roadshow.  It was fantastic fun getting the children out and exploring nature, and they all seemed to enjoy it.  Lots of the children said they will come back to explore in the future with their families, which is great!  It wouldn’t have been possible to run without the help of the enthusiastic teachers who brought the children, so a big thanks to them also.  Have a look at some photos on my ‘Other Events Page’
16th June
Had fun this morning at Frank and Betty’s Field today with 30 year 6 pupils from Churchill School in Hawkinge, who came down to do bug hunting and plant identification. Inspite of the weather they found lots of bugs, but just in case, I took along a lot of bugs that could be found here including moths, beetles, pupae and even a parasitic wasp that lays its eggs in larvae at night, the grubs feeding inside the growing larvae before bursting out through the skin!!!! That was probably everybodys favourite bug! In the afternoon because of the inclement weather year 3 weren’t able to come to the field so I took my bugs into school where they were really keen to see the bugs and they asked lots of very interesting questions!
14th June
I spent today at St Martins Primary School summer Fete in Dover, couldn’t take many photos, too busy, but here are a few on my Other Events Gallery. Lots of keen bug-lovers, which is what I like to see.
9th – 13th June

I was asked by the French Government to carry out a moth survey of four sites near Boulogne in Northern France.  This couldn’t have been carried out without the generous assistance of Sebastien Meziere who took us around all four sites where we discussed the management and history of the sites.  We were joined on most nights by eager students, some having travelled over 100km to reach us.  No moth recording had been carried out on these sites before which are part of the Parc naturel regional des Caps et Marais d’Opale.  The first night brought thunder storms, lightening and torrential rain, but this is the perfect weather for moth recording as they seem to love it!  The rest of the week brought clear skies, full moon and freezing temperatures down to about 5 degrees on one night!  Even though we recorded fewer species on these nights it still showed us that the habitat must be really good as we recorded many more species than we would have done on such nights back home.  Species of the week – the White Spot moth (Hadena albimacula), which we found on two sites that contained its sole foodplant Nottingham Catchfly.  This moth is very local in the UK and is only found on a handful of sites.  We found many species in the area that are not already mapped in the latest book on the moths of northern France, so it was an exciting trip.  Hoping to go back in the future and carry out more recording.  Have a look at the photos on my Other Events Gallery.
7th June
Had a great day at the Foster Carers Association Fun Day today in Capel-le-ferne. The odd Red Arrow shot over the hall now and again whilst taking part in the Folkestone Airshow, but the ‘roar’ didn’t bother the insects! I couldn’t take many photos for obvious reasons, but most of the children held some bugs even though they thought some of them were ‘disgusting’, but they were still fascinated by them!  Photos on ‘Other Events Gallery’.
3rd June
Just put all of my bugs to bed after taking them to show the children in years three and four at Hawkinge Primary School. Great fun, and they all asked really interesting questions! One boy was overheard to say ” and I thought today was going to be really boring”, which made my day! Quite a few children had met my bugs at various events over the last couple of years, including my last one in Dover on Saturday. Looking forward to going back again in the future.
31st May (Evening)
I ran a moth night event with Mel Wriggley from the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership at Whinless Down in Dover. The light attracted more than just moths as can be seen from the photos, namely Moth Boy! He loves his moths and can’t get enough of them!  See photos on my Other Events Gallery.
31st May (daytime)
I spent a long but enjoyable day at Whinless Down Heritage Day in Dover, showing the crowds some of my bugs.  Very few adults were brave enough to hold anything, but all of the children loved getting up close and personal to my ‘cute and cuddly’ bugs!  Great fun day, have a look at the photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’.
28th May
Just finnished putting my bugs to bed after a busy but enjoyable day at Brodale Collections (Home of the National Fruit Collection).  About 30 children and their families turned up to learn all about bugs and even hold quite a few!  Bug hunts, Apple Peeling competition, Juice Tasting and art work were also on offer.  Great fun had by all and some brave souls even tasted a few on my Meal-worms and Crickets!  Three brothers even asked for more!!!  Have a look at the photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’ page.
24th May

We had lots of fun last night at the Westgate Parks event in Canterbury – The Bat and Moth night. So popular in fact that people had to be turned away! Plenty of bats seen and heard on the bat detectors. The cold and clear weather, of course, meant few moths were around to be attracted to the moth trap, so luckily I took a few along from home. These included Elephant Hawk-moth, Eyed Hawk-moth, Poplar Hawk-moth, Peppered Moth, Muslin Moth, Cinnabar Moth, Pale Prominent, White Ermine and of course everybodies’ favourite, the Giant Atlas Moth from Thailand. Everyone loved holding the moths and some even went a bit further and got a ‘nose-hug’ from the Giant Atlas! Great night out and it was all free! Hope to be doing another one later in the year.
22nd May
Just returned home and put my bugs to bed after showing them to 370 plus children at Priory Fields Primary School in Dover.  Hard work, but worth it, as most of the children were very polite and interested in what I had to tell them about my ‘babies’.  After school it was the turn of the parents who came in for a family learning day.  Almost lost my voice but a very enjoyable day!
21st May
It was the last Bug Club today at Lydden Primary School.  Due to the inclement weather we couldn’t go outside so I took some of my bugs into school.  The children had already seen most of them, but there were a couple of new ones.  They got a close-up view and got to hold them all except the Scorpion.  They all had a favourite, and some even wanted to take them home!  They especially liked the baby Hissing Cockroach and Spiny Devil Stick Insect.  No doubt I’ll be back in the future with more bugs!
17th May
Great night last night with the Western Heights Preservation Society’s Nature and History Night. Lots of people attended whilst it was still light, for guided tours of the Drop Redoubt Fort, suitably interrupted every now and again by the deafening bang of a solider firing his musket! Once it got dark I ran my moth trap to try and attract some of the local moths, but many were unwilling to fly due to the low temperatures caused by the clear sky, but it was good news for the Stargazers! Good views of Saturn, the Sun and Mars. I took a few local moths along, Eyed Hawk-moth and Poplar Hawk-moth, Muslin Moth plus one large lady from the Philippines (My Giant Atlas Moth) which everyone wanted to hold. Great night out, hope to do another one in September. Thanks to the Western Heights Preservation Society for inviting me.
15th May
I took my Bugs to the Rainbow Preschool in Deal this morning to show the children. Some wanted to hold everything, others were not so keen, but they all seemed to enjoy it, thanks for inviting me. Have a look at my School and Nursery Gallery to see some photos.
14th May
Just got back from Lydden Primary School Bug Club.  We had fun looking at a few bugs that I took along, then we became nature detectives and solved a wildlife crime (the Stoat did it), then we dug in some pitfall traps to leave out overnight so that the children can check them in the morning to see if they have caught anything.  They can then take them home to use in the garden.
13th May
I took my Bug Roadshow into Vale View Primary School in Dover this morning, and showed the children in Year 2 all of my bugs. They were all very well behaved (children and the bugs!) and the children asked lots of interesting questions, and some knew quite a lot about bugs already – very impressed! Hopefully going back soon to see Year 3.
7th May
It was the Lydden Primary School Bug Club again today. First we created a time-line stretching back before the Dinosaurs appeared just to show how far back in time Bugs first appeared – about 450 million years! Then we had a look and held a couple of living Dinosaurs, namely a Giant Millipede and Giant Hissing Cockroach. We then whet outside to play ‘Leaf Snap’, same as card snap but with leaves, then went back inside to play Bat and Moth Ping-pong. Great fun, even had a new member join us.
30th April
It was the Lydden Primary School Bug Club on Wednesday, been so busy, it’s the first time I’ve had a chance to do the write up! We started by having a close up look at the May Bug I’d brought in to show the children. Almost all of them held it even though it had pooed on me! Then we had a look at the amazingly camouflaged Blue Underwing Moth larva I had also brought in. Then it was time to make a bug hotel out of an old drinks bottle and newspaper that the children had brought in. I also did an interesting experiment with a bowl of water and a sewing needle, to show how a Pond Skater bug skims across the surface of the pond without sinking. This involved floating a piece of paper in the bowl and then placing the needle on it. When the paper sinks it leaves the needle floating on the surface and the surface tension can be seen around the needle. We then went pond-dipping and caught all manner of bugs including Tadpoles, Blood Worms, Shrimps and surprisingly a Pond-Skater which soon escaped as they can fly! Looking forward to next week’s fun and games!
23rd April
Today was the first of five after-school Bug Clubs at Lydden Primary School. We had great fun looking for bugs in the school grounds and the children were really keen. Next week, hopefully, we will be pond dipping and making bug hotels, so the children can take them home and set them up in their own gardens.
6th April
I took my bugs to Harley’s 7th Birthday Party today to let him and all of his friends get up really close to my bugs and even hold some if they wanted to.  A few brave souls even ate a few Meal-worms and Crickets (cooked of course!) and one young boy even came back for second helpings!  We then had some delicious food, finished off by a few bug-themed games, such as ‘Pin-the-tail-on-the-Scorpion’, doing the ‘Cockroach walk’, followed by ‘Cocoon’, great fun had by all!  Have a look at the ‘Birthday Party Gallery’ to see a few photos.
31st March
I had the pleasure of taking my bugs to show the 1st Stuury Cub Scouts.  They were all really keen, and having seen and held quite a few of my bugs, they proceeded to empty out their bug hotels that they had made in October last year and left outside over winter.  They contained all manner of mini-beasts, including woodlice, earwigs, spiders and ants.  A very good idea, helping them to study the local wildlife and identify it from their charts.  Great fun had by all and I look forward to a return visit!
18th March evening.
After an enjoyable day at Lydden Primary School I visited River Cub Scouts in Dover last night with my bugs. 29 overly-enthusiastic Cub Scouts really enjoyed getting up close to my bugs and quite a few, as well as their parents, tasted my cooked Meal-worms and Crickets, and actually had to admit that they tasted OK! Great fun!  Take a look at a few photos on my ‘other events photo gallery’ page.
18th March
I spent the day yesterday at Lydden Primary School showing them all of my bugs. They really enjoyed the day getting to hold some of my bugs and getting really close to the others, but probably the best part for them was when one of my Millipedes and Katydid pooed on me! Quite a few of the older ones wanted to try my edible Meal-worms and Crickets which surprised me. What also surprised me was that some of the younger ones asked incredibly intelligent questions and I have to admit I didn’t know one of the answers! Great day and I look forward to going back for another after-school club in the future!
2nd March
Had lots fun at Cameron’s Birthday Party today.  Showed Cameron and all of his friends my bugs and they were really keen to hold them (including my Scorpions!), then we played a few bug-related party games, then ate lots of birthday cake!  Yummy!
26th February                                                                                                                                                   
Have you ever wondered where Butterflies and other insects go in the winter? Well I can tell you where a few of them are! I had the pleasure of being invited to join a group carrying out a structural and Bat survey at the Drop Redoubt Fort in Dover today. Down in the bowels of the fort there are many passages and rooms in which it is cold, dark and in places very dank! This is the ideal hibernation site for many insects in winter as it remains at a constant temperature and humidity while they are sleeping. It was 8.5 degrees Celsius today down there, so some are starting to rouse from hibernation, and in fact two Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies were chasing each other outside in the sun as a prelude to mating. The most interesting creatures found were seven Bloxworth Snouts which is a moth that has moved in from the continent and is now obviously breeding around Dover now. It was first noted in this country in the early 1990′s in Devon and is now probably resident all along the south coast. Other impressive counts were 99 Peacock Butterflies, 55 Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies and a couple of small moths – Many Plumed Moth and a Depresaria species which is very hard to separate from its cousins to species level. There were also hundreds of Cave Spiders along with three large groups of Harlequin Ladybirds and countless midges. This is only one of four large forts in the Dover Area so you can probably multiply these numbers by four. An amazing morning and Thank you to The Western Heights Preservation Society and Kent Bat Group for inviting me.  Take a look at my Other Events Gallery to see some of the photos.
20th February
I was invited by ISP fostering services to bring my bugs to show about 20 children and their carers near Faversham.  They loved them, and one boy even ate a cooked Meal-worm!  Take a look at my other events Gallery and see some photos!
18th February
I spent the day today with about 40 really keen children and their parents at the Brogdale Collections Bug Day.  Lots of fun and we all really enjoyed it.  I showed half of the children my bugs and the other half went with Tracey for a nature walk, and then we swapped over after lunch and the children collected lots of natural objects and made pictures with them.  Have a look at my ‘Other Events Gallery’ to see some photos.  My giant Stick Insect was really popular and was longer than some children’s arms!  Highlight of the day was a wonderful gesture by two young ladies who made me a special collage to take home to thank me for such a wonderful day (brought a tear to my eye!)
15th February
Had lots of fun today at Edwards Birthday Party.  Edward was really keen on bugs and wanted to hold them all, along with his 29-plus friends!  Played lots of silly party games and then made a butterfly to take home, great fun!
8th January 2014
One of my favourite insects (see the photo on the home page)- a leaf Insect from the Philippines has just shed its final skin and is hanging from its old skin until the new skin hardens, it will then devour most of the old skin, waste-not-want-not! Just think of the millions of generations that have brought it to this point, as it resembles a leaf so much to avoid being eaten by predators, even it’s legs are leaf shaped!  This is a female Leaf Insect, the male looks completely different as it is very slender with long wings and about half as big as the female.
22nd December
Had great fun at Jack’s Birthday Party showing him and all of his friends my bugs!  The braver ones even tried a tasty cooked Cricket and Meal Worm!  See the photo of Jack trying to keep ‘Delilah’ the Spiny Devil Stick Insect under control, on the Birthday Party Gallery!
10th December
Today was the last day of the Nature Club at Lydden Primary School sadly, still, we had lots of fun.  First I changed a lucky child into an insect and then dissected it, not as messy as it sounds but good fun!  Then we played the food chain game.  Finally we had a close look at and held the Giant Leaf Insects that I brought in.  Hopefully I’ll come back in the spring to carry on the fun and learning!
3rd December
Great fun at the Lydden Primary School Nature Club today! First we had to be different animals and find our food, then we all made a butterfly to take home, and finally some of the children held ‘Fred’ the Madagascan Hissing Cockroach and he ‘hissed’ right on cue! Sadly next weeks club is the last one, but there is always next year!
26th November
Today I was at Lydden Primary School running the After-school Nature Club with Mrs Horton and 15 eager children. First we looked at lots of photos of weird and wonderful Spiders, then with a keen volunteer we saw how a spider spins a web across a large gap. Then we looked at a preserved Tarantula which the children held and also a live False Black Widow which has been making the news lately. Finally we made Spider hats to wear home which the children loved doing, can’t wait for next week’s club!
23 November
On Saturday the Bug Roadshow was at Whitfield and Aspen Primary School’s Christmas Fayre, very busy and lots of children got to ‘hug’ my bugs, great pleasure to be there! Can’t wait for the Summer Fayre next year!
19th November
Went pond-dipping today (Brrrr) with the after-school Nature Club at Lydden Primary School, so cold but so much fun.  The children found a shrimp, worms and a Mosquito larva and even a pink rubber glove in the pond!  Then we went inside and had a chat about what we’d seen and a look at my pond-life identification chart that they could take home.  We then had a chat about a few photos of British wildlife that I’d brought along, and I was impressed by the budding wildlife geniuses in the club who already knew so much about wildlife.  We finished off but giving a Stick Insect a hug, great fun, can’t wait for next weeks club!
17th November
Had fun today at Frank and Betty’s Field in Hawkinge, just a shame about the rain and so few people turning up. The keen young explorers did a great job of building a den and fairy grotto, went on the eye-spy animal hunt and answered the question correctly, made some butterflies to take home as well as spider hats to wear! Thanks to Steve, and Ian for helping and to Gill for the splended barbeque! Watch out for the next event in the spring.
16th November
Had fun today at Lucia’s fifth Birthday Party.  Showed her and all of her friends my bugs and they even got to handle some of them!  Great fun and games afterwards.
12th November
Great to meet 14 really keen 5-8 year-olds at Lydden Primary School today at the first of five weekly after-school nature clubs.  I was impressed at how much they already knew about nature.  First we looked at some amazing photographs of bugs including Water Bears, Fleas, Head lice, Silverfish and lots of other nice and some not so nice bugs that live around us and on us!  Then we had a close look at Delilah the Spiny Devil Stick Insect and some brave children held her.  Other bugs we looked at were a Scorpion and a Giant Atlas Silk-moth which tried to fly around the room!  Can’t wait for next week!
9th November
Had a fantastic day at Ivey’s 4th Birthday Party.  Ivey and all of her friends loved holding my bugs and learning all about them.  In fact all of her friends came dressed as bugs and Ivey was ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’.  Ivey’s sister Thea read the book to everyone very well and handed out prizes to every one that had the answers to the tricky questions about the story.  Then we played a few bug-themed party games and everybody made a butterfly to take home, great fun had by all!  Have a look in the Birthday Party Gallery to see some photos.
2nd November
I took my Bug Roadshow to Amber’s Birthday party and we had lots of fun, have a look at my Birthday Party gallery to see some photos, probably the the best one is of Amber with a Giant Atlas Moth ‘hugging’ her nose!
1st November
Great to meet so many children and parents at Hawkinge Sure Start Centre today, I was surprised at how much some of you knew about insects and glad that you enjoyed looking at and holding a lot of my bugs, hope to see you again in the future!  Have a look at my School and Nursery Gallery to see some photos.
17th October
Today was the last nature club at River Primary School for years four, five and six.  Had fun talking about camouflage and mimicry and looking at photos of Snakes, Geckos and insects and deciding which was which!  This was followed by making a Giant Leaf Insect face mask to take home and a look at a real live one and a chance to hold it.  I also had my female Giant Atlas moth which was also held by a few brave souls and promptly ‘pooed’ on the desk top!  Finally we had a look at a Scorpion in a paper weight which was brought in by a young pupil and discussed whether it had a lethal sting or not by looking at the claw size.  Thanks to all those pupils who came to both clubs, couldn’t have done it without you (and also the teachers who helped)!  Look forward to doing more clubs in the future.
14th October
At the River Primary School nature club we had great fun playing the food chain relay race, then we had a look at, and held, my lovely pair of Lime Green Stick Insects, where the male is small and brown and has wings so it can fly, and the bright green female which has stumpy wings but is too heavy to fly.  I then showed the children my newly-acquired Giant Leaf Insect which is about 10cm long and amazingly marked so it looks just like a leaf, even down to the leaf veins, brown patches. and nibbled edges!  Sadly this was the last club meeting but all of the children were keen to come back again so hopefully I’ll see you all again in the future.
13th October
I took my Bug Roadshow to Alex’s Birthday Party which he and 30 of his friends loved, in fact some of them tried my dead cooked Crickets and Meal worms, ummm delicious!  Then we played some bug related party games and made a few butterflies to take home.  Great day had by everyone!
10th October
Had another fun day yesterday at the River Primary School nature club for the older children. First we all learned about Spiders and looked at a giant Bird-eating Spider and a large House Spider, then photos of amazing Spiders from around the world doing amazing things, then we made Spider hats to wear and take home, some pupils were really brave as they have a fear of spiders so well done!  Not forgetting the amazing Merveille du jour moth which I caught in my garden, a beautiful green and black Lichen mimic which flies at this time of year.
7th October
Had a rather noisy but exciting day at the River Primary School nature club.  First we all learned about Spiders and looked at real ones, then photos of amazing Spiders from around the world.  Then we made Spider hats to wear and take home, quite a sight, watching 24 children waiting outside school for their surprised parents to pick them up all wearing their spider hats!  Then I got my Giant Atlas Moth out of it’s cage so the children could have a closer look at it, and suddenly the room was full of squeals of delight as it took to the air and flew around the classroom finally settling on the wall so I could retrieve it again!  The children really enjoyed that!
5th October
Had fun at Paul’s Birthday Party yesterday.  I took my Bug Roadshow along and he and his friends really liked my bugs.  After showing them my bugs we played pin-the-tail on the Scorpion, cocoon and save the ant nest from the rising flood water!  Great day!
3rd October
At the River Primary School after-school nature club today we made a leaf identification chart, looked at a beautiful Pale Tussock Moth caterpillar feeding on a Blackthorn leaf, then a close-up look and ‘hug’ from one of my baby Leaf Insects, after which we had a quick look around the nature garden at the pond and found Ladybird pupae cases on some plants from which the adult Ladybirds were due to emerge from soon.
30th September
I went pond dipping today with the River Primary School after-school nature club, 23 very enthusiastic children, we found Water Boatmen, Damselfly nymphs, Snails, and Shrimps, then with the aid of my identification chart (which they were allowed to keep) were able to identify them all, and work out which were insectivores and also which were insects.  Great fun had by all!
28th September
Had the pleasure of taking my Bug Roadshow to Chiara’s Birthday Party.  Showed the children all of my bugs and some were brave enough to hold quite a few, then played a few party games and made some butterflies to take home, great fun!  Really enjoyed the day!  See the photos on the Birthday party gallery.
26th September
At the River Primary School after-school nature club today one lucky member was transformed into an insect, live moths, caterpillars, a Hornet and Burying Beetle were viewed up closely and then we did a bit of pond dipping netting all sorts or amazing creatures including a baby Newt, a late Frog Tadpole, Damselfly nymphs, Worms, Snails and Water Boatman to name but a few.  The children really enjoyed it, especially when I ate a cooked Cricket and Meal-worm to show them how good they are to eat!  Looking forward to next weeks club!
23rd September
We had fun yesterday at the River Primary School after-school nature club.  First we went on a bug hunt and beat bushes and trees and caught all of the bugs that we knocked out on a big sheet, and then put them in pots to identify.  Then we went back inside and had a look at a live Hornet that I caught in my moth trap the night before and a close up look at a freshly emerged beautiful Garden Tiger moth.  And then for a finale I ate a few Crickets and Meal worms (cooked ones of course) to show the children how tasty and good for you bugs are to eat!
21st September
Hawkinge Environment Group.  What a great day we had yesterday at Frank and Betty’s Meadow. We cut a lot of the chalk grassland before the first visitors arrived. They took a trip around the site doing the wildlife detective trail and partook of our free barbeque. Quite a few large frogs were found in the cut areas as the visitors helped us to rake up and move the cuttings, and at the end of the wildlife trail a white Grey Squirrel was spotted bounding across the meadow and heading towards the fabulous Blackberry bushes! Some Long-winged Conehead Crickets were found and also Roesel’s Bush Crickets were spotted by eagle-eyed children. All of the children and their families enjoyed the day and said they’d come back again, indeed one little girl who visited with Churchill Primary School had already brought her mother back to look at the site. Thanks again all to all of our 27 visitors for your help and enthusiasm hope to see you all soon, it made the day really enjoyable!
19th September
Had fun today at the River Primary School after-school nature club. Only nine children in years four five and six who are really keen on nature and enjoyed looking at my bugs, and then we made a butterfly and talked about all the different body parts. Some were in last terms nature club and came back for more, and even more importantly remembered facts they had learned in last terms nature club!  Excellent!
17th September
Had fun yesterday at the Teynham Fostering Services after school club.  They loved meeting my bugs and one girl even kissed my giant Privet Hawkmoth caterpillar good bye!
16th September
Had fun today at the River Primary School after-school nature club.  24 children years one, two and three who are really keen on nature and enjoyed looking at my bugs, and then we made a butterfly or Dragonfly to take home.  Some were in last terms nature club and came back for more, so I’m obviously not as scary as I look!
14th September
Had a busy day yesterday at the Hawkinge Fun Day. I was wearing my HEdGe (Hawkinge Environmental Group) ‘hat’ but still took a few bugs along to draw the public in so we could chat to them about Hawkinge wildlife and Frank and Betty’s Meadow, met lots of interested people so hopefully we can swell the ranks of HEdGe and do lots of work in the future for the wildlife of Hawkinge!
10th September
I spent an enjoyable day with years 3 and 4 at Langton Green Primary School near Tonbridge Wells showing them my bugs.  I was amazed at how knowledgeable they were about the bugs.  The best part of the day was when a little boy said I was the bug equivalent of Steve Backshall!  I took that as a great compliment.
7th September
Shame about the weather on Saturday night, too cold for many moths to be flying although there were plenty of stars to look at! I took along my Giant Atlas Moth to show people, along with larvae of Privet Hawk-moth and Elephant Hawk-moth. This was part of the Western Heights Preservation’s day of History and wildlife event.
28th August
I spent the morning at Christchurch Nursery in Folkestone with my Bug Roadshow.  This is my third visit and even though some of the children had seen my bugs before they were still excited to see my new additions, Praying Mantis, Sun Beetles and Giant Atlas Moth which they all enjoyed holding even though the Sun Beetle ‘pooed’ on me!  Even managed to get up close to some Alpacas which were also visiting the children.  Look forward to returning in the future.
25th August
Back at Brogdale again but dry this time with some sun which brought the festival goers out in force, people from all parts of the country and abroad.  Spent a busy day showing people my bugs so didn’t get a lot of time to take many photos but have a look on my Other Events Gallery to see the ones I did get a chance to take.
24th August
Brogdale Cider Festival near Faversham home to the National Fruit Collection.  Spent an enjoyable but soggy day in my own ‘Mash’ style tent with my Bug Roadshow.  Rained all the way there and then poured down all afternoon, but there were plenty of hardy souls who braved the weather!  Thoroughly recommend the event to anyone, lots to see and do, from kite flying to archery, learning bush-craft, eating bugs, train rides plus lots of other stalls with live music and plenty of cider of course!
18th August
Another enjoyable afternoon spent at Samphire Hoe running a Rock-pooling event for the White Cliffs Countryside Partnerships ‘Green Gang’.  Over 60 people including children turned up for this popular event.  They found Crabs, Prawns, baby Fish, baby Sea Slaters and one lucky girl found a baby Brittle Starfish – the first Starfish of any kind ever found in about 15 years of rock-pooling on the site!  Great day had by all and some didn’t want to leave!  Have a look at the photos on my ‘Other Events Gallery’ page.
12th August
I spent the day with my Bug Roadshow at the Whitstable Mini Kids Festival in aid of the Meningitis Trust.  Packed in like Sardines and there was plenty to see and do, all the local Kids-Party entertainers were there to support the event and a great day had by all!  Even managed to rescue 6 Privet Hawk Moth caterpillars from a hedge that was about to be chopped after the owner spotted my Caterpillars on my display and said “I found some those on my hedge as I came out of the house this morning and my husband is about to cut it!”
11th August afternoon
I took my Bug Roadshow to the Dover Rugby Club’s Fun day in aid of Pilgrim’s Hospices.  Lots of people got to hug my bugs and I saw quite a few familiar faces from schools and fetes that I’d attended recently!
11th August morning
Had the great pleasure to attend Aliza’s 4th Birthday Party with my Bug Roadshow.  Never seen so many Minnie Mouses, Princesses and Pirates!  About 40 children plus quite a lot of parents, delicious food and even the birthday cake was a Minnie Mouse!  Fantastic!
7th August
Had a great day today at Hawkshill Freedown in Walmer with local families, enjoyed a picnic in tranquil surroundings, went on a bug hunt and played games such as Bat and Moth ping-pong, and the Millipede assault course!  Have a look on my website for pictures in the next day or two.  This event was sponsored by Walmer District Council and run by the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership.  Hawkshill Freedown is a great place to picnic or look at the wildlife, the children found Grasshoppers, Beetles, Moths, Butterflies and Spiders.  Last year one lucky child even found a giant Toad!
3rd August
I led the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership’s Green Gang Rock-pooling event at Samphire Hoe today.  This was attended by about 45 adults and children.  Some were from Canada and America.  Even some teenagers joined in showing that you are never too old to enjoy rock-pooling!  Some youngsters did extreme rock-pooling, being submerged up to their necks!  Great fun was had by all and some didn’t want to leave.  We found Crabs, Fish, Prawns and all manner of rock-pool life.  Have a look at some photos in my Other Events Gallery.
2nd August
I set up my moth trap again just before dark but this time at the Hythe Canal, for the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership’s Green Gang Glow worm, Bat and Moth event.  This was attended by about 45 people and children.  They were not to be disappointed as there were Bats, plenty of Glow worms and quite a few moths.  Have a look at some photos in my Other Events Gallery.
1st August
I took my Bug Roadshow to Northbourne to show the 36 children attending the week-long holiday club.  Some remarks were Awesome, Amazing and Mega!  Unfortunately this was the hottest day of the year so far, and it was 33 degrees by the time I left at 4.30 – good for the bugs but not the humans!
31st July
As night fell I set up my moth trap and awaited the arrival of moths and the 135 visitors that had come to see Bats and Moths as part of the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership’s Green Gang event at Kearnsney Abbey near Dover.  They were not to be disappointed as there were plenty of Bats and moths including the Giant Atlas Moth I had brought from home.  No chance of seeing this in the wild unless one goes to Thailand!  Have a look at some photos in my Other Events Gallery.
28th July
I spent the day at the Rare Breeds Centre in Woodchurch in their Discovery Centre showing visitors all of my bugs.  Met loads of new faces including lots of people from different parts of the UK down here on their holidays.  My art department was very popular and was in full swing for most of the time.  Have a look at some photos in my Other Events Gallery.
27th July
Had a busy day today at the New Romney Country Fair, about 7000 visitors, quite a few Londoners, even one family from Australia! Weather forecast must have put many people off, it said heavy rain from mid day, when in fact, the sun came out and we had one brief shower about 3pm for about 2 minutes! Have put some photos in my Other Events Gallery.
23rd July
Had the great pleasure of taking my bugs in to see the year 4 children at River Primary School yesterday.  Some had already seen a lot of them at the after-school nature club but were keen to see and hold them again.  They asked some really intelligent questions and were all really keen.  The highlight of the day however was when a girl in reception class came up to me and gave me a rainbow she had drawn especially for me, to thank me for bringing in my bugs a few weeks ago.  The photo says it all!  See it on the school photo gallery page.
20th July
I took my Bug Roadshow to the Hawkinge Primary School Fete today and met lots of keen ‘bug-huggers’.  Some remembered me from way back in March when I took my bugs in to the reception classes, and one little girl even remembered my name!  Some children there came from Churchill School who wanted to see and hold the bugs again after my visit a few weeks ago.  One young lady told me three times that she hates bugs, in the course of holding most of them, and then admitted that they were cute!  Hope to come back again next year.
14th July
I went to the River Summer Fayre today with my Bug Roadshow and met lots of interesting people. Lots of my after-school nature club were there and they were repeating facts that they had learned at the club which really made my day! Nice to meet some of the parents also who said all their children loved coming to the club, even the boy who didn’t want to come in the first place, but now he’s glad that he did!
13th July
I met lots of keen ‘bug-huggers’ today at the Pent Valley Technology College Summer Fair. Some have already met my bugs two or three times recently and came back for more!
11th July
Had fun at the River Primary School after-school nature club again today.  We had a wildlife detective relay race followed by creating a scaled timeline showing how long bugs have been on the planet before humans evolved, and finally had a look at Horse-head Grasshoppers, a Toad, and the amazing Hornet Moth that mimics a Hornet but is really a moth!  Hoping to carry on after the summer holidays so watch this space!
6th July
Spent a pleasant but very hot day at Capel Primary School fete.  Lots of people hugged my bugs, even eventually the ones who said they didn’t like bugs!
5th July
I spent a pleasant couple of hours after school at the St Marys Primary Academy Summer fete showing people my bugs, thanks for inviting me.
4th July
At the River Primary School after-school nature club today we turned ourselves into a food chain then went on a bug hunt in the school field.  Searching and using a beating tray we turned up all manner of bugs including spiders, caterpillars, flies, frog hoppers and even moths!  Great fun!  Can’t wait until next week, sadly it’s the last one this term.
29th June
I took my Bug Roadshow along to the Northbourne Summer Fair today and had glorious weather for a change.  Both young and old enjoyed hugging my bugs and learning all about them.  Look forward to seeing you again in a few weeks at the ‘Corners’ Children’s Club.
28th June
Had a great day today in Folkestone Town Centre with my Bug Roadshow. Met people from 1 year old to 90 years old and most of them found my bugs fascinating. Some were from schools I had already visited and there was even one family from Finland who spoke perfect English and told me there is nothing like this in Finland. Just a shame about the rain, but still plenty of people came along.
27th June
Had more fun this afternoon with the River Primary School after-school nature club, we went pond dipping, finding all manner of creatures including Tadpoles, Dragonfly larvae, worms, leeches, and Water Boatman amongst other things.  Looking forward to next week so we can complete the food chain that we didn’t have time to finish today.
26th June
I spent the morning at Buttercups Nursery in Selsted showing the children my Bug Roadshow, great fun, especially when one of my Locusts shot across the room trying to escape!
25th June (afternoon)
Had fun with the after-school bug club at Eastry Primary School this afternoon.  They were all very keen to see my bugs and loved it when my Giant Atlas Moth took flight and flew around the classroom!
25th June (morning)
Had the pleasure of meeting the nursery classes at Dover College Independent School this morning as well as year five. They were all very polite and keen to learn about my bugs. I was very impressed with the level of knowledge of the various bugs, even the younger ones, well done you are a credit to your school! Hope to see you soon.
20th June
Had fun yesterday afternoon with the River Primary School after-school nature club.  Great bunch of kids, very enthusiastic and keen to learn.  Turned one lucky child into an insect then dissected her!  Sounds worse than it actually was – not very messy at all!  Showed them a few moths that I’d caught in the garden the night before, then went for a bug hunt in the school wildlife area.  Even Mrs Blunden, the teacher has warmed to moths and is now getting interested in them.  Looking forward to next week.
16th June
Western Heights Open Weekend on Sunday, pitched up the Bug Roadshow gazebo and filled it with some of my bugs.  Lots of eager ‘bug-huggers’ turned up to hug my bugs, some for the second day running after seeing them at the River Primary School fete the day before!  Great fun and nice to see so many people from all over Kent, even the rain didn’t dampen their spirits.  Have a look at some of the photos on the other events gallery.
15th June (evening)
Western Heights moth and bat evening.  Absolutely foul weather for moth trapping, Blowing a gale and clear sky.  Still we did manage to attract a few resident moths the the moth light in the Drop Redoubt moat.  I took along a few Hawk-moths to show people and quite a few took stunning close-ups of the moths wings and faces.  It was ideal weather for the stargazers however and there were sunning close-ups of Saturn with its rings and the Moons craters.  We are hoping to hold another event in September so watch this space.
15th June
Had a fab time at the River School summer fete today.  Met lots of children from the after school nature club and also a lot from the foundation classes who were dying to hold the bugs again!  There were even some new faces who plucked up the courage to hug a bug!  Nice to see you all, see you again soon.  Have a look at some of the photos on the other events gallery.
14th June
I spent an enjoyable morning with the children of Morehall Pre-school in Cheriton.  They were really well behaved and showed lots of interest in my bugs and quite a few wanted to hold everything that crawled, jumped and flew, well done everybody!
13th June

Had a great time yesterday with the after-school nature club at River Primary School in Dover. Great bunch of kids, really enthusiastic, hope to see you all next week!
11th June
I spent another busy day with the reception classes at Churchill Primary School in Hawkinge. Great fun and a pleasure to show them all of my bugs, very well behaved and they asked lots of interesting questions. They are a credit to their school and teachers!
7th June
Had a marvelous day today with the 60 plus children in the Foundation classes at River Primary School in Dover. They were really keen and most loved to hold my bugs, and they all asked plenty of interesting questions. Really great fun, see you all at the summer fair!
2nd June
Carol Smart.
“Had a really brilliant party with the bug road show thank you so much tony the kids loved it and had great fun doing the arts and crafts, it was worth every penny I would recommend it to anyone : ) : )”.   Had a great time at Alyssa and Blaise’s Birthday Party this afternoon. Thanks for inviting me and my bugs Carol.

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