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

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

Emperor Scorpion

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

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

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

4-H Bee Ambassador Program

4-H beeBee An Ambassador!

2018 is the year of the bee in Kentucky 4-H! We are celebrating by emphasizing pollinator programming at the County Level. And not just bees... butterflies too! Want to take kids on a pollinator hike? Want to install a butterfly garden? How about a series of honey-themed baking lessons?

RESCHEDULED: Insect Safari 2017

Insect Safari at the UK-LFUGC Arboretum: Moonlit Edition

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

Join us for a family-friendly night of insects, spiders, and science! The fun begins at 7 p.m. when experts from UK Entomology present insect-themed games, activities, and displays. Brave souls can try their hands at the live insect petting zoo with tarantulas, scorpions, giant roaches, and other creatures. When darkness falls, UK’s specialists will lead hikers onto arboretum trails for a night-time insect safari. Be sure to bring a flashlight! Cost $1 per person.

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.