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Bug hunt reveals diverse range of insects




The hunt was successful with 10 species of butterflies seen
The hunt was successful with 10 species of butterflies seen

A group of about 25 adults and children joined bug expert Dr Keith Porter to hunt for and identify insects in Bourne Wood on July 22.

Before setting off, Keith demonstrated the various equipment that would be used in the exercise.

This included two types of nets plus beating trays.

The latter is a framed square flat piece of fabric which is held underneath a bush to catch insects dislodged by striking a branch or bush with a stick.

Dr Keith Porter (left) with Richard Jefferson
Dr Keith Porter (left) with Richard Jefferson

Friends of Bourne Woods chairman Richard Jefferson said: “We had a successful afternoon and found a wide range of insects and spiders on the margins of the main ride through the wood.

“Ten species of butterflies were seen including several silver-washed fritillaries, which is Britain’s largest resident butterfly and particularly striking with its orange colouration and streaks of silver found on the underside of the wings.

“At one stage, two brown hawker dragonflies observed us from above.

“This species is a large fast-flying dragonfly with distinctive golden-brown wings and which probably breeds in the ponds in the wood.”

Richard said other insects encountered included several types of hoverflies, 7-spot ladybirds, shield and squash bugs and grasshoppers.

“A Silver Y moth was captured and Keith explained that this day-flying moth was an annual immigrant from continental Europe.

“And finally, a very strange looking pale yellow-green spider was found. This turned out to be a crab spider.”

Mia Terry, three, shows how it's done Photos: Lee Hellwing
Mia Terry, three, shows how it's done Photos: Lee Hellwing

The next event is ‘Caterpillars, Bugs and Fruit’, a children’s activity afternoon in the Community Orchard, off Beech Avenue, Bourne from 2pm to 4pm on August 11.



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