I was very curious walking into the hall. I saw a big sign that said ‘Hands on Creatures’. I had a nervous thought “What if I was allergic to something I didn’t know?”
I could see lots of containers of wriggling bugs. Room 3SON and our class sat on the hard brown wooden floor. Two men were standing in front of us and their names were Brain and Sam.
Brain opened a big container. Inside was the largest and scariest spider! It was an Avondale spider!
Avondale spiders came from Australia and they are becoming less common because people are cutting down wattle trees. Lots of brave girls got to hold the spider but I didn’t want to.
Did you know that the praying mantis is the king of the garden. A praying mantis eats all kinds of bugs. The praying mantis was in a jar and we were allowed to pass it around.
I felt different after looking at the bugs so closely. I wasn’t so scared anymore.
I even held the green tree gecko. Next time I might even hold the Avondale spider.
By Violet Liu
Bang! Bang! Go my feet as I walk into the quiet hall. Wow! I was so amazed. I saw four big boxes piled on the stage and a few cages on the ground.
First we passed around containers with crickets, locusts, weta’s, cave weta’s and grasshoppers. The male grasshopper makes a sound because the male wants to attract the female grasshopper.
Next came the stick insect. They look exactly like a stick. The stick insect can camouflage itself on trees.
After came the weta. The weta has horns and points. The male has horns and the female has the points on the end of her body.
After that came the praying mantis. The praying mantis female lays eggs, while the male finds food.
Next came the centipede. They are very dangerous because they have a nasty bite.
Then came the Avondale spider. I have to say that they were probably my favourite creature. I was very brave and held lots of the creatures. The Avondale spider was not so scary. It was placid. It was soft and fluffy. It crawled up my arm and onto my dress.
I really enjoyed the Bug Man and all his creatures.
By Emily Cheng