‘Fierce’ visits the Daintree

Minibeast Wildlife’s Alan Henderson spent the weekend working with Deadly 60’s Steve Backshall in the Daintree, in far north Queensland. Alan is featured as the spider expert for the new TV series ‘Fierce’ which will go to air this year. In the spider episode Steve and Alan venture into the…

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Bushwhacked Bugs!

Late last year Minibeast Wildlife worked on a new TV series for ABC3 called Bushwhacked Bugs. The series is being produced by Mint Pictures and features young TV talent Kamil Ellis. The series was shot in two stages. All the close-up (macro) of the various invertebrates was shot at Minibeast…

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More brilliant beetles!

The wet-season in far north Queensland is the time when beetles are out and about in force. There are thousands of species all doing their own thing, all perfectly adapted to their particular lifestyle and habitat. Here’s some we’ve encountered locally. For more information on beetles visit Beetles in our Resources section.

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Spiders put on a high-wire show

Two Garden Orb-weavers put on a high-wire courtship display adjacent to our rainforest balcony here at Minibeast Wildlife. A large male appeared at the edge of the web and tried to lure the female out of her web in order to mate. He needed to be careful, as despite his…

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Rainbow Stags aplenty

We are in the the middle of a Rainbow Stag bonanza. We have just had a large number of captive bred Rainbow Stag Beetles (Phalacrognathus muelleri) arrive from our breeder for sale in our online Bugshop and for use in our education programs. It also seems to be the year…

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There’s a Zoo in my Backyard!

It has arrived! Let me introduce Minibeast Wildlife’s first published book, “There’s a Zoo in my Backyard!”.  It is a children’s picture book aimed at getting kids into their gardens looking at bugs. The advance copies have just arrived and the rest should arrive prior to Christmas. Thanks to Annie…

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Baby Australian Tarantulas

Our first batch of baby tarantulas for this season have emerged. These are Phlogius species (Kuranda). These little ones are 1st instar and are being kept in batches of around ten spiders until they moult again. At which time they will need to be separated into individual housing to prevent…

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On reflection…

Here’s a Wolf spider we recently found on a trip to Karma Waters Station in far north QLD. I usually photograph animals in either their habitat or on a white background for use on our site or in publications. In this instance though I decided to have a play with…

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Car insurance huntsman style

We recently provided some of our huge Holconia immanis as stars in an upcoming car insurance TV commercial. The commercial was shot in Sydney over two days with our spiders featuring throughout. Minibeast Wildlife’s Natasha Shadie was on hand to wrangle and control the spiders so that the did exactly…

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Minibeast Wildlife turns 10!

This July we celebrate our 10th Birthday! Our business began in 2005 in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria. Originally Minibeast Wildlife operated as a part-time business while Deanna and myself worked full-time within Melbourne Museum’s Live Exhibits Unit. In the early days we conducted school visits and parties throughout Victoria and had…

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