Bug Bingo

Who is hiding under a rock, log or around our trees and grasses? Take a closer look at our tiny insect and bug friends with your magnifying glass.

Watch out for Bull Ants and Jumping Jack Ants as they can bite and cause allergic reactions in some people. Always be watchful for snakes, especially in Summer - remember they feel vibrations, so stamp your feet to let them know you’re coming.

  • Bee Gumnut Trails bug gallery illustration


    These busy creatures pollinate our flowers and plants to help seeds and fruit grow!

    Australian native bees are stingless and need to be protected. It's only the European bees that sting.

  • Milipede Gumnut Trails Bug gallery illustration


    Milipede’s are smaller than Centipedes and like to live in dark cool places. They have an outer shell called an exoskeleton.

  • slater curling up Gumnut Trails bug gallery illustration


    A tiny crustacean (not insect) that loves to roll up into a ball or with another slater. They eat decaying food and help improve the soil.

  • earthworm Gumnut Trails bug gallery illustration


    Earthworms have no ears, eyes or legs. They eat soil and decaying roots and plants. They help keep our soil and gardens healthy.

  • Black Ant Gumnut Trails bug illustration

    Black Ants

    Black ants are small and found everywhere. They are very sociable and live in colonies - look for ant holes. When they find something sweet to eat they lay a trail for other ants to find.

  • Bull ant Gumnut Trails bug illustration

    Bull Ant

    Bull ants are large ants that grow up to 40mm. There are a smaller variety that jump known as Jumping Jack ants. Both are only found in Australia.

    Their bites can cause allergic reactions in some people. Be careful.

  • Christmas Beetle Gumnut Trails bug illustration

    Christmas Beetle

    They live underground most of the year and then emerge at Christmas time! They have a bright shimmery shell and are about 30mm long. They are more colourful the further North you go.

  • Lady Bug Gumnut Trails bug illustration

    Lady Bug

    They are bright coloured to warn predators away - their legs release an oil that tastes disgusting. Their other trick is pretending to be dead. They like to live together - have you ever seen a cluster of ladybugs?

  • Common Snail Gumnut Trails bug gallery illustration

    Common Snail

    They carry their home on their back and hide inside when danger is near. They leave a slimy trail behind wherever they go. They like dark damp places - lift up a pot and see who’s there.