Eco Club Bug Hunt

Sunday, June 26th 2011

Various weather forecasts had been scrutinised and consequently plans two and three were in place.  However we were very lucky and the sun came out just, and the wind dried up the water droplets on the vegetation so we were able to set out on our Bug Hunt.

Dr and Mrs Key explained to the children how to use sweep nets and pooters.  

pooters

Our first stop was the grassy area of the old log pile and soon lots of creatures were caught, including three damselflies, Common Blue, Azure and Blue-tailed.  We moved onto the heathland and the sweep nets and pooters were again hard at work catching a whole variety of different bugs.  Many were taken to Dr and Mrs Key and fascinating tales were told about them. Ichneumon wasps lay their eggs in the eggs of other insects and then, on hatching eat them!  The Ghost Moth does a dance just above the grass level to attract the female who is in the grass.  Ants have to be released very close to their nest otherwise they can't find their way home.

examining the catch

We left the creatures on the heath in peace and headed along the path edged with Dog Daises, continuing to catch and examine many insects. 

On our return to the Activity Room we celebrated Eco Club's second birthday, just a month late!

Thank you to Dr and Mrs Key for taking us all on a great Bug Hunt.  And thank you to everyone who helped.  A thoroughly enjoyable time was had by everyone.


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