The 11-Year-Old Insect Collector With 1400 Bugs | TRULY



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    WHILE most 11 year olds are only interested in watching US-new videos and playing Fortnite, Shelby Counterman would rather spend time with her enormous INSECT collection. Shelby from Claremore, Oklahoma, is an insect and reptile enthusiast living in Claremore, Oklahoma. The pre-teen became obsessed with creepy crawlies when she was just 18 months old and has been collecting all kinds of bugs since she was three. Shelby currently has approximately 1,400 insects, comprising of about 20 different species of roaches, including lobster roaches, question mark roaches and hissing roaches. As well as stick insects, mealworms, Monarch butterflies, a corn snake and a Mediterranean house gecko. Her prized possession is a Simandoa cave roach, which is extinct in the wild.
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    Published on 11 months ago


    1. Rocky Goldendoodle

      Is this the cockroach girl on TLC?

    2. Rocky Goldendoodle

      She seems cool!

    3. Jad3z

      Better bring the flamethrower for this job

    4. blue pine

      Glad you are interested in insects! They are so awesome! I like butterflies and moths and have a collection of specimens. Sometimes I reer some. Check out the store Bioquip for collecting, also website Insectnet. On insectnet you can talk on the forum and by live or dead stock on the classified ads.


      I knew that she would be a great entomologist

    6. Luna Nirel

      If I could collect any of those insects it would definitely be the butterflies πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹

    7. Eunae Kim

      That could have been me when I was a teenager.

    8. Cereal Flipss

      Also pls bomb her house

    9. Jade Justice

      Wait, is that the girl who used to collect cockroaches...

    10. Chuckle Honeybear

      Great kid with amazing purpose!

    11. kekes land sunny

      Who else remembers her

    12. Juan Estrella

      That corn snakes cage is *SO BAD* ! It doesn't even have a water dish, and it seems to be overweight, Jesus if your going to get a animal just do your research, if you don't, then I guess you just don't want the animal

    13. apple memes

      she'll marry bear grills son!!!

    14. kretles

      Great job by the parents to encourage this wonderful youngster. I am 45 yrs old and keep a variety of insects with my kids. She should go obtain a degree in entomology when she is older. Almost every county in the country has one on staff to deal with potential issues with insects and the environment. Way to go!

    15. Sarah Rae LANDERS

      Are those FFA Ribbons I saw on the wall? ;)

    16. Chelsea Alvarez

      Awnestly its gross

    17. Asif Adnan Hossain

      I’m glad you are taking care of these beautiful creatures. Respect from Bangladesh,sis.

    18. Sweet Potato

      Why she can't just collect teddy bears or something like regular kids do πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„

      1. Elliefont 7

        Sweet Potato Shut up

    19. Penguin Productions

      I love insects

    20. Stacey Leigh

      What a wonderful child kids like her are the future 🌍

    21. Katherine Richardson

      I hate them mostly but they have they're own importance, so important.

      1. Katherine Richardson

        I just don't like them touching me is all.

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    23. Prizoh Mue

      This is just filthy

    24. Illusive[Brick]

      All of these bugs are so cramped! This is actual abuse.

    25. UchiUzimaki

      Yeah my kids are never doing this

    26. HopeForeverFunny

      My mom would whoop me if i did this. I can't even have a pet rat.

    27. ClassyShows

      Am I the only person who feels do sorry for these butterflies? 😒

    28. _β€’Sweet Dreamsβ€’_

      I'm also obsessed with bugs.

    29. Therese Mark

      i am in awe of this girl because i am so scared of insects and it actually limits my way of living. i don't know if i'd ever be able to visit australia or places in africa for example because if the large insects. in the summer, i can't walk barefeet in my garden because i'm scared to step on a bug. i wish i was this free

    30. Earthlings Are Weird

      Wow this girl having a best day of her life

    31. stefan

      lmao my mum would never let me collect roaches or snakes.

    32. Np Np

      Yo lil gurl, connect me for muskitos. Does it care if they are dead?πŸ‘(0.20 cent for 1 muskito) SEEEYAAHHH🀟🀟

    33. Jaylen Byrne

      My dad is the writer of Rochelle the teen cockroach and I was just going through my subscribtions and saw his book at 0:20! Glad you see the beauty in these animals

    34. crystal vaughan

      this is kinda me but im 12

    35. WanderingMogwai

      It's wonderful that her parents support her in her interests!

    36. l lree

      she’s going to become a famous entomologist

    37. Connie McFeely

      My nephew all over.....πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

    38. Tinkili

      She's going to be a fantastic Entomologyst some day.

    39. Diego Santos

      which species she said is extinct in the wild??

    40. Etheric

      She breaded a different roach? BREADED! I think it's wrong to cage any creature for self gratification. Set them free like your surgery set you free. That poor Geko. 😒

    41. stupid child

      I bet that she eats the bugs thats why she is so fat

      1. C N123

        That's horrible she has to have surgeries and you're saying this that is horrible!

    42. JET

      That container was WAY too small for the snake

      1. Savannah B.

        She was feeding it in there

      2. olxfwendy

        Adam Aldaamsah that specific container was for feeding, snakes dont like HUGE enclosure, but that container was WAY to small for a snake of that size

      3. Liz Lanham

        she was feeding the snake.. thats not its cage...

      4. Adam Aldaamsah

        @Xena Vola but i fink she vad given the snake a bigger container/terrarium

      5. Xena Vola

        No not really snakes love small places yes but they need a big area or place to wander or move around, especially with a corn snake that big.

    43. Lu Kaplan

      Well Shelby you are a special young lady. I hope you do well with your health issues and just continue to be the Ambassador to bugs that you are.πŸ’œπŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ›πŸœπŸœπŸœπŸœπŸπŸπŸπŸžπŸžπŸžπŸ¦—πŸ¦—πŸ¦—πŸ¦—πŸ•·πŸ•·πŸ•·πŸœπŸœπŸπŸž

    44. Sabre

      uhhh family bares an uncanny resemblance to the young girl who collects roaches. even the dad 0-0

      1. Rocky Goldendoodle

        Yeah, its the same person, except now she collects all bugs and other small animals

      2. Detroit Skills

        Ik this comment is old but.. it is the same ppl lol

    45. r e d

      Keep doing what you love. I’m a survivor living with a brain tumor. It’s amazing to see her do what she loves after dealing with medical problems.

    46. Parminder Jaura

      Tbh shes got a bright future. I, like most people, are afraid of insects, but this is a genuine hobby and talent. Great!

    47. Sivis

      She should be a feeder insect breeder. She'd make a lot of money

    48. Jill Cipher

      Her parents don’t seem thrilled

      1. Hugh Hughes

        It's probably an expensive hobby.

    49. Alyssa P

      1:13 did she deadass put a gecko in that tiny thing?

      1. Dot

        At some point you have to blame her parents and not her, she's only 11. Her parents need to start taking more of an interest in her interests and learn with her. She can't be expected to know everything, and she's probably not paying for anything.

      2. Mirabel Streu

        I think that's the name of the bug. I thought the same thing to tho

      3. Christina Rose

        I thought the same thing but I’m pretty sure that’s just the name of a bug

      4. Liz Lanham

        she named a bug gecko..

      5. Liz Lanham

        @JET she was feeding it.. that's not it's "cage"

    50. Foxbell

      This reminds me of myself, I’m 12 and I really like fish. I currently have 9 betta fish.

      1. Rocky Goldendoodle

        Same, except I am like that with dogs, plants, reptiles, and fish :D

      2. Elliefont 7

        Foxbell Well done that is amazing. Lol I’m struggling to keep one tank

      3. Elliefont 7

        Not. Novate.Z don’t need to be rude. This person was just saying they like Betta fish I like fish I only have one freshwater tank Edit: you mean your dad has all these tanks you probably just watch

      4. Foxbell

        IceCylsus GT Sorry, wasn’t trying to come off as sarcastic.

      5. Not. Novate.Z

        Idk of your comment was sarcastic or not, but either way I have more advanced technology in terms of fish.

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      Who’s here before it goes viral nope it’s not going viral LOL

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    60. Summer Choraitis

      I would just collect roaches, and im 11 btw

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