Butterflies and Moths

Wednesday, June 1st 2016

It is half term this week so we ran a daytime children’s activity. Today’s choice was a Butterfly and Moth Activity Morning. As it is now June, we had hoped it would be a nice, warm sunny day with lots of butterflies and moths out on the reserve to go and look at.

Unfortunately for us, it decided to be a cold and somewhat damp day with not a butterfly in sight. So, instead we had a morning of indoor activities. In preparation for the event we had put out the moth trap overnight with the hopes of catching lots of interesting moths to show the children. We did manage to catch a few. The most interesting were the Purple Thorn and the Common Swift (below).

The children spent the morning looking at and learning about the moths caught. We were able to put them under our special microscope and project them large-scale onto the whiteboard so they could see in more detail what a moth looks like close up. The children made butterfly antennae headdresses to wear and painted butterfly models.

Afterwards, a few went out to see what they could find outside, but only a slug was spotted.

Despite the weather, the children all enjoyed themselves. Thank you to all those who came to help out with our activities today.

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