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THE BIG FOUR

These four models are roughly one metre long (too big to be ignored as their real life counterparts might be) and are mounted on adjustable safety helmets so that they can be worn on the head.

The Recyclers

Minotaur dung beetle photo

MINOTAUR DUNG BEETLE

Typhaeus typhoeus

Without which our countryside would be knee deep in dung

Sexton burying beetle with Poppy

SEXTON BURYING BEETLE

Nicrophorus vespillo

Which buries dead bodies of birds and small mammals to feed its young

The Garden Good Guys

Large ladybird image

7 SPOT LADYBIRD

Cochinella septempunctata

A true garden friend for its ability to devour aphids

Violet Ground beetle image

VIOLET GROUND BEETLE

Carabus violaceus

Every gardener’s dream because it eats SLUGS

The BIG FOUR and the set of seven assorted ladybirds are available as a hire package for events and classroom use. They have been widely used with adults as well as children.

They come with a set of interview scripts (aimed at KS2 to adult) which cover habitat, life cycle, what they eat, place in the foodchain and value in the ecosystem.

Insect interview

4 beetles posing

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