Science week workshops continued, let loose the beetles

Finding invertebrates can be difficult in the winter but ground beetles were still plenty.

Devils coach horse warning with his tail

Devils coach horse warning with his tail

    Its always better if pupils can use the equipment themselves to investigate.

 

Working the digital microscope and the optical microscope

Working the digital microscope and the optical microscope

photo taken by pupils of st.

photograph taken by pupil of St. Seachnall’s N.S of ground beetle.

  The beetles  were trapped over several nights ,by me, using jam jars as pitfall traps I then tipped them into basins in the workshop for the pupils to investigate.

Let loose the beetles

Let loose the beetles

   Devils coach horse beetles (Ocypus olens ) were quite numerous in the traps. The weather had still been mild for November ( bats were still out) Buglife.org.uk suggests that they mate in the autumn and if the weather remains mild can survive the winter as the adult stage.

It was obvious to the children that they were carnivores taking the heads off the other ground beetles

Devils coach horses eat the heads off the ground bettles

Devils coach horses eat the heads off the ground bettles

suffer otter and Heather

stuffed otter (and Heather)

 

  The Devils coach horse cleaning itself

About bluedamseldiscovery

I work with schools, community groups and individuals to see if we can discover the natual history in the locality.

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