About the Bug Lady
Hi, my name is Michelle Gleeson,
formerly Larsen (a.k.a. the Bug Lady) and I am the director,
co-founder and South East Queensland presenter
for Bugs Ed. I was captivated by insects from
an early age, and a brief frisking by my parents would usually turn up
array of critters in my pockets (some live, some dead, some very
I was around eight when I decided to become an entomologist when I was
and this passion continued all throughout school, eventually leading me
I completed a
Bachelor of Science majoring in Entomology at the
of Queensland and later went on to receive first class Honours in
As well as directing Bugs Ed, I have recently been appointed as an
Adjunct Industry Fellow at the University of Queensland.
current work includes outreach programs in remote schools, development
of practical lab sessions to introduce secondary school students to
Biological Sciences at UQ and various field research
past work experience has included positions such as:
· assistant curator in the University
of Queensland Insect Collection (UQIC)
· tutor of third year entomology
· examiner in the International
· research assistant for local and
… as well as co-ordinating displays for…
The International Congress of Entomology
· National Science Week
· The Siemens Science Experience
· UQ Open Day
I have also been a member of the Australian Entomological Society and
the Richmond Birdwing Recovery Network.
I’ve always wanted to share my love of insects with people, especially
– it reminds me of my own childhood fascination. In January
became a reality when, together with my good friends Anthony &
Hiller (Mount Glorious Biological Centre, www.mountgloriousbutterflies.com), we developed a range of hands-on
insect workshops and thus founded Bugs Ed.
hangs with Sir David
December 2009, Michelle had the amazing experience of working with
wildlife guru Sir David Attenborough during his trip down under to film
his latest series. The pair spent the day at Australia Zoo,
wrangling rhinoceros beetles alongside D.J., a 2 tonne African Rhino!
Bug Lady on TV!
February 2006, Michelle has been regularly appearing on Channel 10’s
TV and Totally Wild as their very own “Resident Bug Lady”.
catch Michelle’s bug episodes around once every 6 weeks. Past
include keeping insects as pets, making your own bug catchers, insect
and even Entomophagy – the science of eating insects!
Smart State Awards
September 2006, Michelle had the honour of becoming a finalist
in the Smart Women – Smart State Awards.
An initiative of the Queensland Government Office for Women, these
“recognise Queensland’s brightest women and girls achieving in study
careers in the traditionally male-dominated fields of science,
and information and communication technology.” Michelle and her work
Bugs Ed. were among three finalists for the Women in Business category.