After a visit to our local park (where ducks get fed gourmet food), a little creature reminded me how the bark of a tree is host to so many lives (I’ll call them minibeasts!) Trees hold creatures galore and learning aplenty.
Standing under a tree for shade, watching Miss Possum playing on the swings, I saw something move out of the corner of my eye.
It was a little orange ladybird.
I watched it for a few minutes, crawling up through some loosely hanging bark. Its funny, illogical way of moving up the tree intrigued me.
After a quick glance to check that Poss was still swinging happily, I started to search for other minibeasts. I was amazed to find ten different critters on the one tree!
Ok, granted we didn’t actually find TEN animals – I found eight alive, then one getting eaten by a spider, and some eggs that hadn’t yet hatched.
I called Miss Possum over to have a look at all the little creatures and we talked about each one.
I don’t know as much about bugs as I do other types of fauna. We learnt more about them by looking at our field guide, comparing my photos to the pictures in the book. If you don’t have a field guide (like the one in the picture), it’s easy to get one from the library. That’s where mine is from!
Here are the minibeasts…
So next time you’re outside, take a closer look on the ground, on a tree trunk, in the sky. You just never know what’s around you!
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