Young nature fans explore a bug’s life
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. org.uk.
●● 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