National Insect Week returns in 2020
Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 10:30 to 15:30
The 18th - 24th June is National Insect Week and to celebrate we are hosting a FREE butterflies walk and talk at Brompton Cemetery with expert Dr. Tim Freed.
This event is a general introduction to butterflies and their life- cycles. About 24 different types have been seen in Brompton Cemetery over the years although the number of regular resident species is somewhat smaller.
10:30am - 12: 30pm - In the morning we will begin with an introductory presentation and then look for caterpillar foodplants and adult nectar plants out in the grounds. This session is aimed at all ages, children are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
2:30pm - 4:00pm - The Afternoon session will explain how to record butterflies using the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme. We will then walk around the cemetery transect route and record what's about. This session is aimed more at adults as we are hoping to recruit regular volunteers to help us with a regular transect around the Cemetery, if this interests you please do stay on for this part as well.
What to bring: -camera and pair of binoculars would be useful but not essential -keen eye and lots of enthusiasm -packed lunch and water -Clothing and footwear suitable for walking outdoors, including sun cream, hat etc. if it’s warm
To attend this event please register in advance.
There are lots of contenders here – possibly the pretty red and blue rove beetle Paederus – very, very tiny amounts of its poison have been used to cure chronic ulceration in people. Ladybirds are pretty poisonous (and pretty) and can bleed foul-tasting poisonous brightly coloured blood from their knees.