Day One – Bug Hunting
Throughout the month of June The Wildlife Trust runs 30 Days Wild.
30 Days Wild is a campaign to get all generations outside and complete Random Acts of Wildness.
This year is my third year of doing 30 Days Wild and I really enjoy doing different things each time.
Looking underneath the dock leaves and nettle leaves with the sun beaming down on my back I could hear the Little owl calling from over on the farm. Through the hedge I could occasionally glimpse the owl flying to the wood pile and then back to the barn probably hunting for the same bugs as I was.
Cuckoo spit is a frothy white liquid that surrounds the nymphs of the common frog hopper.
Common Blue Damselfly hovering around the nettles.
Hawthorn Shield bug feeds on a variety of different trees but mainly on leaves and fruit of the Hawthorn tree.
Oedemera nobilis – Fat-Legged beetle. Only the males have the swollen hind legs. They feed on pollen in gardens, hedgerows and woodland rides.
The Mint leaf beetle – Chrysolina herbacea eats mint and other related plants and can be found in road side ditches.
Solider Beetle are active predators hunting for small insects on flowers and leaves.
Thistle Gall Fly – Urophora cardui – found around grasslands where it lays its eggs on creeping thistle.
While bug hunting I kept getting distracted by a kestrel hunting, watching as it hovered over the meadow, diving down time and time again until it finally caught something, then settled on a fence post to eat.
Looking for bugs is something you can do anywhere. Even a small part of your garden can contain lots of insects but the hardest part is identifying them.