Wildlife Club were raring to go tonight and we started out session trying to fill a very large tub with pine cones! Lots fall off of the trees in our school playground so we collected as many as we could and FILLED the tub!
We then headed down to the WIldLearning Area as we were going to use these cones to top up some of the Bug Homes. Cones make lots of lovely small spaces for bugs to hide, so we placed them in special containers on the wall. We also collected twigs and straw and dried grass to pack some of the others…
We are always on the look out for interesting creature and some of us spotted this stunning caterpillar. WildlifeKate explained that not all caterpillars turn into butterflies…. moths also start off as a caterpillar and this is a caterpillar of a Knot Grass Moth. If the moth is very furry like this, it can cause a rash, so we did not hold this one, but we had a close look… it was AMAZING!!!! These hairs and colours deter predators from eating it!
We also found this lovely Shield Bug (it is shaped just like a shield) and this rather super spider!
We were all proud of our achievements tonight and that the bugs would have lots of places to hide away in over Autumn and Winter!