A Bug’s Life

Monday, July 30th 2012

The temperature quickly climbed today from a cool start first thing to being warm in the sun.  Insects were fast to take advantage of this and many could be seen basking in the warmth of the sun on paths, boardwalks and any spot the light reached.

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatum

Through the scrapes Common Darters could be seen in abundance.  This example is a mature female; immature females show a much brighter yellow abdomen, with fewer black markings.

This Common Green Grasshopper was seen on the boardwalk close to the outdoor classroom.  It is the earliest grasshopper to appear in the spring, hatching in April and moulting into adult form in June. Males can be seen displaying to females by rubbing their legs against their wings to create a song, a long, loud, 'churring' noise. After mating, the eggs are laid in the soil ready to hatch the following spring.

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