Bug Doctor brought to you by Dr Michel Dugon



The stick insects and leaf insects provide amazing examples of mimicry and camouflage. The giant swarm locusts display bright colours and move in large number to impress their enemies. We also debunk some myths while we are looking at giant cockroaches and stag beetles.     We have a close look at some amazing carnivorous plants: Venus flytrap and monkey-cups (when available!). We discuss why and how plants catch and eat bugs… Maybe carnivorous plants can even be found in the Irish countryside?

Then we move on to some of the “big” guys: giant snails, tarantulas, scorpions, giant centipedes and train millipedes. We make the link between these mighty creatures and their Irish cousins: we have the same (although smaller!) amazing creatures living all around us. We only need a bit of patience and a magnifier to look at them!

We finish with the all-time favourites: the snakes and the lizards. But what is a reptile? And are snakes really slimy and cold? Are all snakes deadly?  We will see if there is any truth behind the myths…



  • An exciting introduction to evolution and biodiversity using live exotic creatures
  • Question and answer session with an evolutionary scientist specialist of reptiles and venomous animals
  • Aimed at: primary and secondary level pupils
  • Duration: 4 hours (possibility to accommodate 4 to 5 groups of 30 pupils within 4 hours)
  • Wide variety of organisms: Live exotic invertebrates, reptiles and exotic / carnivorous plants
  • Topics covered: Ecological importance of shown organisms, defence systems: bites and stings, predation strategies & mimicry, introduction to evolution
  • Material provided to pupils: Live organisms in secured terraria / plant collection.


Suitable for: Primary and Secondary School students

Location: Classroom

Available: 10th – 21st November and also at the Final Day Exhibition on Sunday 23rd November

To book:  complete the school booking form