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What bugs Tasmanians? Dr Simon Grove on the island state’s most inquired-about insects

November 29, 2015
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6971618-3x2-460x307Dr Simon Grove gets asked ‘what is it?’ and ‘should I be scared?’ about various creepy crawlies in his job at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) regularly, but guess what bugs Taswegians the most?

“If there was one answer to the question ‘what bugs Tasmanians?’ it would be spiders,” Dr Grove said.

“We get spider inquiries all the time… it seems to be as much about a yuck factor, or a ‘I’m a bit uncertain about this, should I be scared of this? Should I be squashing this?’

“Generally the answer is no, you shouldn’t, but you do have to be wary of some spiders.”

Dr Grove is the senior curator of the Invertebrates and Zoology Unit with TMAG.

He admitted to being a bit afraid of spiders before he took on the job, based at the Rosny research facility.

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Published by ABC News 25 November 2015