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Connect and Learn + Share Table

Bugs for Bugs - presented by Dan Papacek, Entomologist

Monday 15 April 2024

6.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Attend in person or via Zoom

Join us at Level 3 Meeting Rooms, Toowoomba City Library, Corner of Herries and Victoria Streets, Toowoomba, QLD 4350, or attend online.  We'll send you the Zoom link once you book.

This is the monthly Connect and Learn evening for Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.

Bookings are Essential

Bookings are essential so we have contact details and know how many will be attending.

What We'll Do

6.30 pm - Learn - Bugs for Bugs

Presented by Dan Papacek, Entomologist, Bugs for Bugs P/L

  • Would you like to learn about Integrated Pest Management? 
  • Are you interested in using insect species as natural enemies to help manage pest problems in your garden?
  • Did you know you can use good bugs to control bad bugs?

During this informative session, Dan Papacek will talk to us about the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) including:

  • Biological Control
  • Cultural Control
  • Chemical Control

Within the framework of biological control, Dan will focus on:

  • Augmentation Biological Control
  • Conservation Biological Control

He will also bring some display insects and a microscope if you are interested in getting a closer look.

Dan will be happy to take questions both during and after the presentation.   

He will show how the Bugs for Bugs website is structured, how individuals might work out which species may help them, and how to order products if interested.

Website https://bugsforbugs.com.au/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BugsF...

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/e...

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About Dan Papacek

Dan is an entomologist and is currently a manager and director of Bugs for Bugs P/L. He received the Order of Australia (AM) in January 2001 for “Services to the Citrus Industry, particularly through the development of strategies for integrated pest management of horticultural crops.”

Dan’s key experiences range from Integrated Pest Management (IPM), managing beneficial insect mass-rearing programs and collaborating in research with Qld DPI, CSIRO and the Universities. Over many years he has also worked directly with growers in endemic areas of Queensland to help them achieve best-practice fruit fly control.

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7.45 pm – Connect – Light Supper (provided) and Share Table

A light supper will be served (including Gluten Free and Vegan options).

Sharing of produce on the Share Table opens after the presentation to allow plenty of time for everyone to place their donations, and then allow you to browse, connect and make your selections during supper

Share Table

Do you have surplus?

We encourage you to bring your surplus produce, plants, seeds, books, craft supplies, and resources to share with others at our monthly Connect and Learn evenings.

Some ideas of what you could bring include – fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, milk, jams, pickles, preserves, jars, ferments, starters, SCOBYs, seeds, plants, seedlings, cuttings, tubers, pots, tools, gardening magazines, permaculture books, recipes, patterns, manure, coffee grounds, compost additives, worms, mealworms, wool, fabric, craft supplies, soap, natural cleaning products, plastic alternatives, produce bags – the list is extensive.

Please bring whatever you can and then take home whatever you need within our culture of generosity and free sharing


2024 Membership Renewals are now due for all members

  • Annual Membership of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. is due by 31 December each year. 
  • It's only $40 per person or $30 for a second or subsequent adult living in the same home.  
  • Financial Members can attend events and workshops during the year at no cost. 
  • You can pay your membership for 2024 at checkout when you book to attend this event.
  • Membership forms will be available at the event for anyone wishing to join, or available here for download at http://www.permaculturetoowoomba.com.au/membership/


Free off-street parking is available under the library (enter from Victoria Street).


The venue has access for wheelchairs, walking frames, and strollers as needed. Everyone is welcome (including children with parental supervision).

We hope we see you there!


  • Financial Members of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. - Free
  • First-time Visitors to a Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. Event - Free
  • Non-Members - $10 per person
  • Children attending with an Adult - Free (but please book so we know the total numbers)

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