Treasures!

Wednesday, June 15th 2011

More pupils from Hipswell School came to explore Foxglove Covert and found all kinds of creatures! Pond-dipping was very succesful and the catch included this carnivorous Diving Beetle larva below.

Diving Beetle larva

Another group pond-dipping caught an adult Diving Beetle seen here.

Adult Diving Beetle

The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were delighted to find a Caddis fly larva too.

Pond-dipping

Over at the outdoor classroom, there was great excitement when this Toad was discovered in the log pile.

Toad in the hand!

This Millipede was also found at the outdoor classroom by Brian's young 'rooters'!

Millipede

Found on the heathland, Sinodendron cylindricum is a new species to the reserve. Only the male has the rhinoceros-like horn. It feeds on oozing sap but it breeds in rotting stumps, especially Beech.

20 moths of 13 different species were trapped last night. These included, Purple Clay, July Belle, Buff Ermine, Iron Prominent and Swallow Prominent (shown here).

Swallow Prominent

Thank you to all of the children for being so enthusiastic and to Brian and Elizabeth for sharing your knowledge today.


(2) Comments:

rhiannon responded on 16th Jun 2011 with...

I found a caddis fly larva and its home was made out off sticks and i caught a pregnant stickle back and I really enjoyed the activity day i was really happy i had caught the caddis fly larva and we left it in for the other groups to have a look at.

rosemary responded on 17th Jun 2011 with...

it was really fun going there and finding out new things thanks very much 😊


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