Ready to start your bug keeping journey?

Hi, I’m Thijs

I am here to help you!

Bugs are incredibly exciting and beautiful species to keep, and many of them can also be kept at home as pets. Bugs is just the collective term for insects, arachnids, anthropods and terrestrial molluscs. I’m a senior zookeeper and take care of, and breed with, many bug species over the years.

I like to share my years of experience of keeping bugs with you to give you a head start.

I’ve produced a still-growing amount of content to help you enjoy and care for your bugs. You will find many valuable and necessary content about keeping and breeding bugs on this website. If you want to learn a little bit more about me and how I got started, feel free to head over to the about page!

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Colin Powell
Stick insects

Check out this page to find many different stick insects and how you can keep stick insects as pet.


Pet spiders are fascinating to observe and quite easy to take for. Find all care information on this page.


These extraordinary creatures are both beautiful and fascinating. Get introduced in how to take care of your pet mantis.

Bugs Are Incredibly Amazing

The animal kingdom has an estimated total of 1.6 million described species. Among these many species, the bug family alone (phyla Arthropoda) represents 78.5% of the total (Zhang, 2013). This number illustrates the success of surviving and the diversity of them. Bugs represent primarily the terrestrial invertebrates such as insects, arachnids, anthropods, millipedes and centipedes.

Scary of these creepy crawlers? Let’s see if we can change your mind…

Bugs come in a rich diversity of appealing colouring and extraordinary shapes. If you look closely many are actually a beauty. But it is not only their appearance that is intriguing. What fascinates me most is their behaviour and adaptability.

Grasshoppers, for example, have special organs in their hind legs that store energy for their incredible jumping. Leaf-cutter ants can carry pieces of leaves that weigh almost 50 times their own weight. And the dung beetle is the master in strength, dragging dung that can weigh more than 1000 times its weight. The periodical cicadas nymphs live underground and only emerges once every 13 or 17 years to live one day, mate and die.

And you can have many of these fascinating bugs as pet in your living room.

The secret megalopolis of leaf-cutter ants uncovered. This super-organism is a true wonder. You can have many species of leaf-cutter ants as pets (Photo by Bilfinger Magazine)

Want to know more about bugs?

If you considering to keep bugs as pets you’re at the perfect spot. This website contains information and practical tips & tricks to keep, care and breed many bugs successfully. This way you can fully enjoy your new bug pet(s).

You can start your bug keeping journey right here.

Not yet convinced if keeping bugs is something for you? In that case, I can recommend you to read the page ‘why keep bugs?‘ first to make a well-thought consideration. Because when you start keeping a pet, just like dogs, cats and birds, you’ll have the commitment to keep the best care for them as possible. But don’t worry, I’ll help you along the way!