|The Hissing Cockroach (thanks @ferascience)|
|Stick Insect - half the length of my dad`s forearm!|
Well the fair was great. There were loads of people there I knew like the Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows, where I went on a great Tansy Beetle Talk by Dr Geoff Oxford, who was also there with the British Arachnological Society. I learnt how to tell male and female spiders apart which is really useful. I did sign up to be a Tansy Beetle Champion and I've got a Tansy plant now in Dad's green house that I'm growing to help out.
I also met people like @ @ @ who I know from twitter and are really supportive of my blog, thanks all :-)
Well from the first pics you can see there were lots of interesting insects to see. The Hissing Cockroach was fun, but a bit too scary for me to handle (but thanks to the folks @ for showing me this one so I could get photos) and the Amateur Entomological Society (@) for showing me the huge stick insect - also a bit scary as it was almost the size of my arm!
|Gypsy Cuckoo Bumblebee (Bombus Bohemicus)|
- Cuckoo Bumblebee females emerge from hibernation later in spring or early summer but after other bumblebee`s queens have established their nests.
|It spent quite a while feeding.|
- They only have to look after themselves. They fly around getting food but will then rest in the sun until they need to eat again.
- They get their name from their habit of taking over the nests of other bumblebees.
- They do this by finding a nest, probably by smell, and then have two strategies. They may go straight in and sting the queen to death then lay their eggs which the other bees in the nest then look after.
- Sometimes they may hide in the nest long enough to smell like the other bees then lay their eggs. The other bees then look after the Cuckoo Bumblebees but as they will only look after themselves when they are adults, this weakens the colony.
|Very handy to photograph.|
- The Cuckoo bumblebees have a harder body than other bumblebees which helps them when they attack queens.
- They don't have pollen bags and are a little less hairy than other bumblebees.
- While they are not a very common bumblebee they are quite widespread in the UK though less common in the South East. You won't find them in the Scilly or Shetland Isles.
So, quite an interesting little find! And Mum really enjoyed the cake I won! If you want to find out a little more about them try these links:
Hope you enjoyed,