National Insect Week returns in 2020
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:30
Target species: Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Northern Brown Argus, Small Heath and also possibly late Pearl-bordered Fritillary (at Yealand) and Dingy Skipper.
Directions: Meet in lay-by at junction of Storrs Lane and Thrang Brow Lane in Yealand Storrs, Grid ref SD493762, satnav LA5 9TD. Limited parking in lay-by or, alternatively, people may wish to meet in the car park at RSPB Leighton Moss and car share to Yealand. Suggest lunch at Leighton Moss before going on to Myers, which is a 5 minute walk away.
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.