The Bug Empire wall is continuing to grow as we add more habitats and areas for the pupils to add their own materials for over wintering creatures. Wildlife Club started by adding their contribution and Mr Chadwick built us some great wood frames to fill with materials.

We also have some bit blocks of wood, full of holes… but what would want to live in here? Well a special kind of bee, called a solitary bee (because it lives on its own rather than in a hive) nests in little holes. The female lays her egg in the hole, puts some pollen in there for the young bee and then seals the hole over. It does this over and over again until it reaches the front of the hole and then finally seals the hole over with leaves or mud. The bees develop in there over the winter and then emerge the following spring.

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We will be adding lots of bit to this area over the coming months and we hope the insects will move in very soon! We already have some tawny mining bees! These dig a little hole in bare ground to lay their eggs and we could see some of them in our Wild Learning area already!

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With the Buddleias starting to grow and out flower meadow, we hope the whole area will soon be buzzing with insects….

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