Bug Lab: The Bad Bug Talks

Spiders – frightful or delightful? Join four experts for an interactive afternoon exploring venom, phobias, and why arachnids deserve a little more love.

  • When Sat 25 Feb 2017, 12:00–3:00pm
  • Where
    Te Marae, Level 4
  • Cost Free event

Hear scientist talks, see specimens, and have your spider questions answered.


  • Te Papa’s bug expert, Phil Sirvid
  • Hypnotherapist Meredith McCarthy, who has tips on coping with a fear of spiders
  • Spider experts Simon Pollard (University of Canterbury) and Cor Vink (Canterbury Museum)

Orbweb spider


Orbweb spider, 2016. Te Papa