Tarantulas, Scorpions, Millepedes And Ken The Bug Guy

Tarantulas Scorpions Grasshoppers as pets?

Ken The Bug Guy says, “Yes!”

Ken the Bug Guy holds a Tarantula.

In celebration of the Blu-ray & DVD release of the animated feature, Epic, we had the opportunity to catch up with Ken The Bug Guy and some of his friends (with 6, 8 or 1,000 legs!) who served as inspiration for the characters in this film. With Tarantulas, a Black Widow, Vinegaroon, Walking Sticks, Millipedes, Grasshoppers and Scorpions in tow, Ken was kind enough to share his creepy, crawly world with us.

Ever wonder how to find a scorpion at night? Or where to collect Black Widow spiders? Me either! Generally, I try to steer clear of insects. I’m not phobic, just . . . respectful. It was so interesting to learn a little bit about the characteristics that keep these small animals safe from their predators and how certain elements of their make up, defenses or physical attributes found their way into the film. Thanks to Fox and the team at Think Jam for making it all happen! I hope you enjoy learning more in this video and if you’re still curious, you can check out: http://KenTheBugGuy.com.

Can you see how these bugs influenced the filmmakers?

Epic Box Art.

Goliath TarantulaMillepedeFemale Vinegaroon PhotoPhoto of a Scorpion under black light.

 

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Tarantulas, Scorpions, Millepedes And Ken The Bug Guy — 2 Comments

  1. Loved watching this, so informative & interesting! The walking stick guy was very cool. I was kinda hoping he’d tell us how to NOT attract black widows (I guess by leaving lights on and making sure you have as few crickets around as possible?)
    • Thanks! I’m not a big fan of bugs, but Ken really helped me see these “animals” in a new light. The Walking Stick was actually sweet! Did you notice, he was missing a leg?

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