Its a Bugs Life

It has been 7 weeks since I posted about our Bug Zoo so I thought it was about time I did an update.


The woodlice are thriving in their home. We started with around 10 but added several more over the following few days so I don’t know exactly how many we had initially. We’ve got several different types – there are around 35 different species of woodlouse native to the UK! We have large reddish-brown ones, pill bugs (the ones that roll up into a ball), and both large and small grey ones.

Last week I noticed one of the smaller grey ones had eggs so I’ve been watching for the tiny babies and I saw them for the first time yesterday!Woodlice BabiesSilkworms

The silkworm rearing kit arrived on the 27th April. We got around 15 eggs and were instructed to place them in a plastic tub and wait for them to hatch. They took around 2 weeks but we ended up with 6 silkworms from the eggs. The rest simply didn’t hatch (or hatched but didn’t make it – to be honest I’m not sure!)

They were so tiny when they first hatched you could hardly see them! They seemed to grow very slowly at first but I think this could have been temperature related because now the weather has improved and we’re getting sunshine quite regularly they are growing much quicker! 4 weeks in and they are now around 2cm long. We also only have 4 out of the 6 left, having lost 2 within the first 10 days.SilkwormsButterflies

The crysalyses that we found turned out to be Speckled Wood Butterflies. They all emerged and were releasedButterfliesThe worms and beetle we also had in the Big Zoo to start with have been released back into the garden.

Every day now Jasmine goes outside and collects bugs. She uses any tool available, from a net to a jam jar! She is getting to be an expert at catching flies, and is also quite taken by spiders at the moment! Here is a selection of other bugs we have found in garden in the last 7 weeks.Bugs in the gardenWe have also found weevils and ground beetles but I don’t have any photos of these.

It is amazing what you can find in your garden when you look closely!



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