Brigette Zacharczenko is passionate about all things creepy-crawly. The 19-year-old Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake high school graduate turned college zoology major, in fact, can’t ever recall a time when the outdoors and its myriad inhabitants were not the focal point of her days and nights. She has gained international attention and has become a favorite among area insect enthusiasts for her ability to replicate a variety of critters by using crafting techniques her grandmother taught her as a child, including sewing, cross-stitch, knitting and crochet.
Brigette Zacharczenko, aka "The Weird Bug Lady," stands surrounded by some of her original plush creations in her Ballston Lake home. Zacharczenko has started her own business selling her plush sculptures and other goodies.
One of Zacharczenko's featured creations is a plush aquarium set.
Brigette Zacharczenko shows one of her unique creations, the dung beetle, complete with a ball of dung.
Zacharczenko spends time with one of her pets, Tip-Toe, the pink-toe tarantula.
Zacharczenko uses a 1947 Singer Sewing Machine to create her realistic bug sculptures. She especially relishes custom orders for creatures that customers can’t find anywhere else.
Ninja the female crested gecko sits comfortably on the hand of her owner, Brigette Zacharczenko, aka the Weird Bug Lady.