When is Bug Out on TV?

Bug Out is on IMDb TV, which is available to watch via Amazon Prime Video, from 4th March 2022. It’s a four-part series.


What is Bug Out about?

Bug Out is a whodunnit about the the biggest known live insect burglary in history. The documentary series shines a light on a stranger-than-fiction robbery and its bizarre cast of bug smugglers, dealers and collectors.

It is set in the US’s first bug zoo, the Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion.

In August 2018, the museum’s boss, Dr John Cambridge arrived at work to find a room that should have been full of invertebrates, was empty. Thousands of critters, worth approximately £38,000, had been stolen.

While investigating the crime Philadelphia police uncover a seedy subculture of bug poachers, obsessive collectors and illicit smugglers.

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Which animals appear in Bug Out?

Scorpions, tarantulas, millipedes, rhinoceros cockroaches and a six-eyed sand spider (one of the world’s most venomous arachnids).

Who directs Bug Out?

Ben Feldman, who was working as a lawyer in Philadelphia when the heist news broke. Bug Out took Ben three years to make and he left his legal career to become a full-time film-maker.


Main image: rhinoceros cockroach © skydie/iStock/Getty


Jo PriceDeputy editor, BBC Wildlife Magazine