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BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild May -

FROGHOPPER FROTH

As if by magic, ‘cuckoo spit’ is ap­pear­ing on low-grow­ing herbage. The spume is blown by the tiny lar­vae of sev­eral species of sap­suck­ing froghopper, es­pe­cially Phi­laenus spumar­ius, as a kind of foamy de­fen­sive shield.

MIGRANT WATCH

Un­til May any red ad­mi­rals you spot will prob­a­bly have over­win­tered in the UK, but from this month con­ti­nen­tal mi­grants be­gin to ar­rive in force. Log your sight­ings with the Europe-wide cit­i­zen-sci­ence sur­vey: www.in­sect­mi­gra­tion. word­press.com/news.

JOIN THE BUZZ

Time to brush up on your bee ID – beg or bor­row a copy of Steven Falk and Richard Lew­ing­ton’s mag­is­te­rial new field guide – as the Great Bri­tish Bee Count is back. It runs 19 May–30 June: www. greatbri­tish­beecount.co.uk

‘RATTY’ RECORDS

Water voles are busy breed­ing, so are highly ac­tive along back­wa­ters – boost­ing chances of a sight­ing. Through­out May the Peo­ple’s Trust for En­dan­gered Species is ask­ing for records, as part of the Na­tional Water Vole Mon­i­tor­ing Pro­gramme: https://ptes.org/ get-in­volved.

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