Ruud Kleinpaste: The Bug Man

Posted on 3 September 2012

Originally from Holland, world famous “Bug Man” Ruud Kleinpaste has called New Zealand home for over 30 years. His TV career began in 1990, hosting farming documentary series The Enduring Land. He soon made a name for himself talking about bugs on children’s programmes The Early Bird Show and What Now?. Kleinpaste was then a primetime regular on TVNZ’s long-running gardening series Maggie’s Garden Show. Making the documentary The Bug House with producer Bryan Bruceled to international success with Animal Planet’s World’s Biggest Baddest Bugs.

In this ScreenTalk, Kleinpaste talks about:

  • How bugs are really our overlords and that’s why he loves them
  • Having to attend elocution lessons for The Enduring Land
  • Hating having to learn the script verbatim
  • Talking about bugs with a hyperactive chicken on The Early Bird Show
  • Educating a generation on What Now?
  • Adding science to ‘garden porn’ on Maggie’s Garden Show
  • Explaining why insects infest our dwellings in The Bug House
  • Wearing a beard made from killer bees on World’s Biggest Baddest Bugs
  • Scaring a fellow guest with a scorpion on a US talk show
  • How hosting the Dutch episode of Here to Stay reinforced his love of New Zealand

This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



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by Allan Atkinson on 01 December 2013 at 7:03 pm

last year my mother bought a Karaka tree which we planted on an area overlooking Matapouri Bay, Northland. we buried my father's ashes under the tree. the tree is not doing too well, there are some leaves on the branches but there appears to be a bug or something within the trunk which is obviously eating it. what could this be & how can we treat it. your help appreciated Allan

by Phil Murphy on 30 March 2014 at 1:14 pm

Hi Bug man About 3 years ago i noticed a bee that has wasp markings (black and Yellow) It hovers and is territorial,if a bee (normal one) and bumble bee flies onto it flowers it will chase them of and will then land and wait for them to come back and do the same again.He because it is the biggest seems to have 2 or 3 female ones and they seem to be feeding but cant find where they go to see what sort of a nest they have I will watch them for half an hour and try to see what they do where they go and any other things they do.They seem to like Lavender flowers mostly and this is where i observe them When i first noticed this wasp/bee there was only a few but this year i have noticed a lot more of them at most of the peoples places that i do gardening at Waipu/Langs Beach 45 years ago my farther tough me how to track wasps German and Waikato wasp to find there nest and have noticed yet another kind of wasp and it is very aggressive (long and skinny) and its nest is not on a drain bank but under things like a bush and it is more difficult to put the poison into the hole,plus they have more guards at the entrance to the hole as i only do the nests at night,some of the nest i have found have been very big like about 40 liters in size and some of the skinny wasp nests have more that one entrance if the are on a bank Not a lot of paper wasps this year but a lot more German Waikato and the skinny ones this year Cheers Phil Murphy 312 St Marys road RD 2 Waipu 09 432 0970

by dona lindsay on 02 April 2014 at 3:50 pm

I. have found what looks like ladybirds but cant match them with any species on the net.. They are dark with white spots in a line down each side of the centre. Are they good ones or not. Dona

by Eric Barraclough on 12 December 2014 at 11:10 pm

We have a problem with the grass grub beetle on our Feijoa bushes. What can we spray the bushes with -- at night obviously when the bees have gone? Many thanks Eric

by Dorothy Mutton on 03 January 2015 at 3:34 pm

In the aluminum channel of a little-used window I found a soft orange cotton wool- like cocoon, 4 inches long and two inches wide, containing two rows of pea sized leathery looking objects which may have been egg sacks. The "cocoon" stained the joinery orange. Not wanting to risk anything unwanted hatching I have burnt the cocoon but have photos which I can email to you. Do you have any ideas please?

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