Young na­ture fans ex­plore a bug’s life

Macclesfield Express - - HEART OF THE COMMUNITY -

CATER­PIL­LAR races proved a big hit at the latest meet­ing of the Mac­cles­field RSPB Wildlife Ex­plor­ers.

The meet­ing was packed with fun ac­tiv­i­ties re­lat­ing to fas­ci­nat­ing trans­for­ma­tions in the nat­u­ral world.

It cov­ered the meta­mor­phic changes in the life cy­cles of in­sects such as but­ter­flies, moths and drag­on­flies through to the in­trigu­ing growth pro­cesses of crea­tures with ex­oskele­tons, like in­sects and spi­ders, which shed their skins.

Leader Martin James il­lus­trated his talk with real ex­am­ples of shed skins from ex­otic crea­tures cour­tesy of ‘Jonathan’s Jun­gle Road­show’.

They in­cluded red­kneed taran­tu­las, horse­head grasshop­pers and scor­pi­ons.

Tina Hanak, group leader, said: “The chil­dren re­ally en­joyed mak­ing con­certina mil­lipedes and they also cre­ated re­cy­cled kites from plas­tic bags.

“The meet­ing rounded off with en­vi­ron­men­tal games, in­clud­ing fan­tas­tic cater­pil­lar races. Even the lead­ers joined in.”

News from Mac­cles­field Wildlife Ex­plor­ers is on their Face­book page or Twit­ter @Mac­cWildlife.

De­tails of meet­ings and next year’s 30th an­niver­sary pro­gramme are at mac­cles­fiel­dr­spb.

Pic­tures by Dar­ren Mayer

●● Kirstie Boyd and Natasha James with their con­certina mil­li­pede

●● Mak­ing the re­cy­cled kites us­ing plas­tic bags

●● Jan­neke Van Der Veken with her mil­li­pede

●● One of the cater­pil­lar races

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