Erddig bug bonanza

Erddig cuddly bugs recline on deckchairs in the garden

To highlight the havoc and harmony that bugs can bring, we’re having a bug bonanza at Erddig. Ten oversized cuddly critters are lurking in the house for visitors to spot, each one drawing attention to the damage they can cause.

Artist in residence

Outdoors, our chainsaw artist in residence Simon O’Rourke has carved two more insects including a hummingbird hawk moth and a sabre wasp a to form a discovery trail around the garden.

Young explorers can head to our craft activity room to try on a critter costume or unique finger painting to take home. The outdoor trail features both welcome and unwelcome garden guests, so look out for our information panels to find out more about the good, bad and the ugly.

Visitors can enjoy our bug bonanza throughout May and June.

Join us on a big bug hunt at Erddig
A big cuddly silverfish bug next to a book in the Nursery at Erddig
Join us on a big bug hunt at Erddig

Conservation challenge

Susanne Gronnow, House and Collections Steward said:
“It’s a little different to our usual teddy trail and our collection of cuddly critters has grown to include some grubs too. Our house team is always on the hunt for bugs that could damage our special collection; now visitors can join us in our quest to spot these unwelcome guests.”

It is hoped that the pesky trail will help the Erddig conservation team highlight the daily challenges they face.

Local artist, Josie Rayworth crafted the creatures and said:

“They’re not the prettiest commission I’ve had in my career, but it’s been fascinating learning about the havoc they can cause. I’ll never look at my curtains or bugs in the same way again!”

Jamie Watson, General Manager said:

“Whilst they seem like harmless creepy crawlies, the damage they cause can cost thousands to repair. Josie has done an incredible job in creating the large bugs, they’re a fearsome looking lot.”
Be warned, these cuddly conservators’ nightmares are anything but cute!

Bug basics - 5 facts:

  • Cluster fly larvae live inside earthworms before emerging and flying to a nearby building or cave
  • Death watch beetle larvae can spend up to twelve years eating through wood before emerging
  • In the spring, male death watch beetles bang their head on wood making a tapping noise which attracts the females
  • 365: the number of furniture beetle the Erddig team found emerging from furniture in the Erddig Kitchen in June and July 2014!
  • 36: the number of blunder traps used at Erddig to trap, identify and monitor insect pests.