When life gives you lemons, make social distancing lemonade! We know everyone misses their favorite Bug Ambassadors …and we miss interacting with you too. So, we’re bringing the bugs to you thanks to the world wide web and Facebook Live.

Join us Wednesdays at 11:00 AM and Fridays at 3:00 PM as we go live with some of your favorite Bug Ambassadors. Tune in for each encounter, as we’ll be covering a different topic, with new critters, every time.

To catch our videos live, check out our Facebook page! Each video comes with an activity you can do at home with your family. Scroll down for archived videos and activities from past weeks.

Meet the Rosies – 3/18/20

On Wednesday 3/18/20, Bug Wrangler Brenna introduced us to the FOUR Rose Hair Tarantulas we have here at the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium. We learned all about the anatomy of these tarantulas and watched one eat a live cricket!

Watch the video online HERE

At-Home Activity
This at-home activity asks you to imagine that you are an arachnologist (a spider scientist) that has just discovered a brand new species of spider. Did you know that while there are about 50,000 known species of spiders out there in the world, scientists think that there are still 1,000’s of species of spiders that haven’t been discovered yet?!

Use this helpful guide and draw a picture of your new spider species and write a little about what makes your new spider special. Don’t forget – spiders have two main body sections with 8 legs coming out of the smaller or those two sections, the cephalothorax!

Meet Milton the Millipede – 3/20/20

On Friday 3/20/20, Museum Educator Carolyn introduced Milton the giant African millipede. We got to meet the most charismatic millipede around and learn all about his anatomy and role in the ecosystem.

Watch the video online HERE.

At-Home Activity
Our “Meet Milton the Millipede” at-home activity encourages you to use your thumbs and coloring supplies to create your own millipede. Simply put your thumbs into the ink and create a chain of thumbprints down the page. Then, use your coloring supplies to add antennae, eyes and a mouth to the first thumbprint, the head. Finally, add the correct number of legs to the rest of your thumbprints. Try using this fun guide to create a series of different types of bugs with your thumbs and coloring supplies. 

Scorpions 101 – 3/25/20

Join us as we explore the world of scorpions with Bug Wrangler Brenna! Learn about some of the similarities these arachnids share with their spider cousins, and some of the differences that make them truly weird and unique animals!

Watch the video online HERE.

Scorpions are experts in the art of camouflage. Scorpions that live in the desert are typically lighter, sandier colors, while jungle scorpions are darker colors to blend in with the forests they call home. 

At-Home Activity
What colors do you think are best for the scorpion in this coloring page? First, decide where you think this scorpion lives. Then, color it in a way that will help it survive in that habitat. If you prefer, you can always show off the color they turn when under a UV light, bright turquoise blue!

Centipedes 101 – 3/27/20

Join us as Museum Educator Carolyn gives an introduction to the very cool world of centipedes! We’ll talk about anatomy, venom and more. We’ll even be feeding our hungry centipede and asking for your help in picking out a name for our centipede friend!

Watch the video online HERE.

This activity is a pretty easy one – help us name our new centipede! Watch the recording of our livestream and consider all the cool facts about centipedes you learned. If you have an idea for an appropriate name, reach out and let us know the name AND why you think it’s a good match. You can submit name suggestions by sending us an email at info@missoulabutterlfyhouse.org, sending in a name via Facebook Messenger or by commenting on the original video.

Past centipede names that are now out of the running include “Large Marge,” “Cersei,” “Johnny,” and “Sandy.”