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Animal Planet’s ‘Bugman’ to talk insects
University of Georgia

You’re not scared of a little bug, are you?

Ruud “The Bugman” Kleinpaste from the Animal Planet series, “Buggin’ with Rudd” will be discussing insects at 7 p.m. Monday, March 26 in Athens, Ga. The talk will take place at the University of Georgia Student Learning Center, Room 101.

“I go out of my way to find little bits of paradise all over the world,” Kleinpaste said, “while constantly striving to change people’s perceptions about the small things in life that matter so much to our world.”

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and will feature the insect zoo from UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences entomology department. The Bugman will be available for autographs and chats before and after the show. There is no cost for the event, which is open to all ages.

From November 2004 to November 2005, Kleinpaste traveled the world, filming Animal Planet’s “Buggin’ with Rudd” in the most exotic and weird locations – from Alaska and the Okefenokee swamp to Papua New Guinea, Namibia and the Venezuelan Amazon.

Kleinpaste lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with his wife Julie and son Tristan. When he’s not working on media projects, he does research, works as a consulting entomologist for government departments and private companies or prepares a new destination for the next eco-tour he wants to lead.

For more information, contact Marianne Robinette at (706) 542-1238 or entomolo@uga.edu.

(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia Public Affairs Office.)

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