What if bugs were the size of a dog, or a cow, or a horse?

Dr Tim Cockerill, natural history lecturer, will give a talk entitled If  Bugs Got Big, at USW’s Upper Glyntaff Campus in Pontypridd between 11am and 12.30pm on February 6. Neil Gibson

Dr Tim Cockerill will reveal some secrets of our little bug friends               Picture: Rebecca Saunders


HAVE you ever wondered what life would be like if bugs were the size of a dog, or even a cow?

If you have, or even if you haven’t, University of South Wales (USW) lecturer Dr Tim Cockerill will be able to reveal what life would be like if you did come face to face with a giant insect, arthropod or arachnid.

At his interactive event – entitled If Bugs Got Big – which is being held at USW’s Upper Glyntaff Campus in Pontypridd between 11am and 12.30pm on February 6, the acclaimed zoologist and USW natural history lecturer will reveal the bugs’ secrets.


Aimed at GCSE and A-level biology students the show offers the perfect blend of education and entertainment

“The lecture will include a few surprises,” Tim explained.

“The audience will see a supersized version of the explosive defence reaction of an astonishing British insect, witness the beautiful and eerie glow of a glow-worm the size of a Labrador, and find out about the insect that spends its whole life without drinking and see a spectacular demonstration of how it creates water from nowhere.”

Tim has appeared as presenter and contributor on TV and radio programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and National Geographic.

As a rainforest expert he has been a consultant and animal wrangler for David Attenborough and he has presented his flea circus on the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.

As part of the event, students will also discover why Natural History is an attractive degree choice which can lead to a number of varied and wide-ranging careers.

There are still spaces available. For more details, visit www.southwales.ac.uk/ifbugsgotbig

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