'Bug man' answers questions at library

Library hosts "What Bug is That?"

Last updated 07:43 15/05/2014
BUG MAN: Ruud Kleinpaste - the 'bug man' - and a Venezuela Goliath spider.

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If you have ever wondered what the name of a particular bug is, this Sunday you will be given the chance to find out when Rudd Kleinpaste, "the bug man", comes to town.

The Palmerston North City Library is hosting Kleinpaste in "What Bug is That?" an informal question and answer session where members of the public are encouraged to bring in a bug, dead or alive, that they would like identified.

Organiser Shelley Davenport said it would be an accessible way to find out information about bugs from Kleinpaste, a bug expert, bug enthusiast and consulting entomologist who has made television and radio appearances in New Zealand for many years.

"Rudd is a colourful character," said Davenport, "we envisage people of all ages bringing along all sorts of bugs - it won't just be Rudd talking, more like an informal chat."

Another bug enthusiast to get involved will be Ethan Johanson, a 12-year-old Ross Intermediate pupil who has loved creepy crawlies since he was a pre-schooler. Ethan will be bringing along his weta terrariums and will be on hand to talk about his new study on bark beetles that he is developing under the guidance of Plant and Food Research mentor Brent Page.

The event will be held in Sound and Vision at the library at 1pm.

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- Manawatu Standard


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