Burgundy Goliath Bird Eater

Bird Eater TarantulaScientific Species Name: Theraphosa stirmi 
Ecological role: ground predator
Native habitat: tropical South America 
Lifespan: 10 years or more
Maximum legspan: 10-11 inches
Life Cycle: Incomplete Metamorphosis 

Madagascar Cockroach

CockroachScientific Species Name: Gromphadorhina portentosa
Ecological role: ground-dwelling herbivore/scavenger
Native habitat: forests of Madagascar
Lifespan: 2-5 years
Maximum length: 3 inches
Life Cycle: Incomplete Metamorphosis 

Emperor Scorpion

Emperor ScorpionScientific Species Name: Pandinus imperator
Ecological role: ground predator
Native habitat: African forests 
Lifespan: 4-9 years
Maximum length: 8 inches
Life Cycle: Incomplete Metamorphosis 

Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula

TarantulaScientific Species Name: Grammostola pulchripes
Ecological role: ground predator
Native habitat: tropical South America 
Lifespan: 10 years or more
Maximum legspan: 8 inches
Life Cycle: Incomplete Metamorphosis 

Giant Darkling Beetles

Darkling BeetleScientific Species Name: Eleodes and Zophobas spp.
Ecological role: ground-dwelling herbivore/scavenger
Native habitat: North American forests and deserts west of the Mississippi 
Lifespan: apx 1 year
Maximum length: 1 inch
Life Cycle: Complete Metamorphosis

RESCHEDULED: Insect Safari 2017

Insect Safari at the UK-LFUGC Arboretum: Moonlit Edition

Friday, September 15, 7 - 9 p.m.
$1 Admission

UK Entomology Camp Ignites Youth's Interest in Insects

UK Entomology Camp Ignites Youth's Interest in Insects

by Katie Pratt
UK CAFE Agriculture Communications Specialist 

Incoming University of Kentucky freshman Tyler Nelson had no idea she was passionate about insects until she attended the Kentucky Forest and Entomology Leadership Program two summers ago. Now, she shares her love of bugs as a camp counselor at Camp Shalom, the Central Kentucky Jewish Federation's summer camp.

Exotic Bugs: Care and Feeding

Care and keeping of Exotic Arthropods

by Ryan Reed and Blake Newton, University of Kentucky Department of Entomology 

INTRODUCTION

Some exotic arthropods, like tarantulas and hissing cockroaches, make great pets when given proper care.  This guide can help you choose which types of arthropods to keep as a pet.  It also provides details on housing, feeding, and other care details for several popular species.

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