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Inspector Insector written by Otago writer Gordon Thompson
 
Photo by Earthlore

Wild Books - 'FLY-SPY and the Private Eye'

Dunedin City Library —

At Dunedin City Library on Wednesday 22 April from 1.30pm-2.30pm listen to a reading of the story of Inspector Insector, an insect detective, by his alter ego Gordon Thompson, the Catlins bug man. Followed by making plantable wildflower seed art (materials provided). Books will be on sale for $20 cash.

'FLY-SPY and the Private Eye' is a perfect book for young readers as it's an unusual detective story with the reader coming away with a new view of bugs and the world they inhabit.

More about Gordon Thompson and Earthlore Wildlife Gardens:

Go on a bug hunt in Bug City at Earthlore Wildlife Gardens with Inspector Insector on his latest case.  — Image by: Earthlore Wildlife Gardens

Ideally placed for an easy day trip from Dunedin, Earthlore Wildlife Gardens at129 Hina Hina Road, Owaka in The Catlins has been open to the public for several years now. Owners Gordon and Janine Thompson say their place  has a particular focus on the little guys – insects – so often overlooked, but so vitally important.  

'Earthlore' is a fun place to visit plus it's a rewilding project for insect conservation, particularly for Red Admiral and Copper butterflies. 

At Earthlore roughly 5 acres has been planted for insect conservation, particularly for Red Admiral and Copper butterflies.  — Image by: Earthlore Wildlife Gardens

With initial plantings from 2006 now well established the native bird population has also dramatically increased, with several feeding stations set up where visitors can get very close to Tūī and Bellbird for fabulous photo opportunities.

Have a go at Mini Frisbee Golf set in the Food Forest at Earthlore Wildlife Gardens, Owaka. — Image by: Earthlore Wildlife Gardens

Earthlore is an eclectic mix of activities for all ages, from a round of Mini Frisbee Golf to going on a bug hunt in Bug City with Inspector Insector on his latest case. 

Visit the friendly donkeys and sheep, exploring the traditional gypsy caravan with dress-up costumes. 

At Earthlore explore the traditional gypsy caravan with dress-up costumes — Image by: Earthlore Wildlife Gardens

Open to the public 10am – 4pm 7 days except for April 22nd when Inspector Insector will be in Dunedin.  

This event will be on the ground floor near The Cube.

Cost:  FREE - no booking required.