Tuesday 17 May 2011

Bug Hunt

The rain and midges didn't stop us enjoying our bug hunt in Bridgend Woods this afternoon - thanks to all those intrepid bug hunters! We were also looking for Peacock Butterfly eggs (which look like tiny gooseberries) on the underside of nettle leafs. We want to put these in our butterfly pavilion and watch them hatch and go throw the four stages of a butterfly's life cycle. Instead we found a yellow parasite called nettle rust (Puccinia urticata) - yuk!

The goods news is we found LOTS of things for our bug tank - millipedes, centipedes, a shield bug, ground beetles, wood lice, snails and spiders. It was great fun. Here's a photo of us hunting and a photo of some beetle's eggs in the soil - I'm not sure which species.

Tomorrow is meant to be rock pooling, but if the tide is in we'll do a bit of a beach comb/peacock butterfly egg spotting instead. Meet at 4.30 pm at Port Mor car park, Port Charlotte.


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