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Enthusiasm for Entomology

Friday, 21 April 2017

  • Beetles & Bugs Peppered Lead Cockroach
  • Beetles & Bugs stroking the cockroach
  • Beetles & Bugs Madagascan Hissing Cockroach
  • Beetles & Bugs Talk
  • Beetles & Bugs book with crafted bugs

Pupils at Bolton School were excited to meet some of the beetles and bugs from Bolton Museum’s collection. Over the course of lunchtime, Year 7 and 8 pupils from both Divisions took part in fascinating sessions with Alex McLeman, Learning Manager at Bolton Museum, who spoke to the boys and girls about a host of interesting insects.

The beetle and bug session was arranged by the Library and tied in with Beetle Boy by M G Leonard, one of the novels shortlisted for this year’s Bolton Children’s Fiction Award.

Alex began by showing pupils some of the preserved beetles, including rhinoceros beetles like Baxter in the novel and several other types of beetle that appear in the book. This was a great opportunity for pupils who had already enjoyed the story to see what the beetles they had read about were really like and find out more about them. In addition to the drawer filled with beetles, Alex also showed a drawer full of preserved bugs and explained the difference between beetles and bugs, as well as talking about wasps, bees and hornets. The sessions were filled with interesting facts and details about the many kinds of beetles and bugs on display.

One of the highlights was the chance to hold touch and even hold two different kinds of cockroach: the slow-moving Madagascan Hissing Cockroach, and the speedier Peppered Leaf Cockroach. Both boys and girls made the most of this brilliant and memorable opportunity.

The pupils who attended the beetles and bugs sessions were full of excited questions and really enjoyed learning more about these often misunderstood creatures.

Girls’ Division pupils who were interested in Beetle Boy and the beetles and bugs session also made their own beetles using clay or by painting stones over the Easter holidays, to go on display in the School Library.


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