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Bug Hunt from The World Outside Kindergarten

Thank you to the World Outside Kindergarten, in Kidderminster, for this Bug Hunt. Head outdoors and see how many you can find!

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1. BEE

There are more than 250 species of bee in the UK.

Bees eat nectar from flowering plants, so they live in gardens, woodland, orchards and meadows.
Birds, small mammals, newts and some insects eat bees.
Some bees live alone, but honeybees and bumblebees live in big groups called colonies. Some colonies can have up to 80,000 bees. The colony lives in a nest called a hive.

Did you know?
It’s just honey bees which die after stinging; for all bees, only the females (workers and the queen) can sting, and males (drones) can’t.

There are 37 species of woodlouse in the UK.
Woodlice are detritivores, meaning they feed on dead or decaying plant material. You’ll often find woodlice in compost bins and under logs – anywhere that’s dark and damp.

They have hard, segmented bodies and 14 legs.   Their armour plating is to defend against predators. The pill woodlouse is particularly good at this, as they can curl up into a perfect ball.
Woodlice are eaten by spiders, centipedes, shrews and toads.

Did you know?
Woodlice are actually terrestrial crustaceans, not insects, so are more closely related to crabs and shrimps.


There are over 100 species of snail in the UK.
Snails are gastropods, a name that literally means ‘eating foot’.
Snails live in all sorts of places – under leaves and logs, near ponds and marshes, and commonly in gardens. They like to eat plants, especially young green leaves.

Snails and slugs make a slimy mucus that helps them glide over rough surfaces without being harmed. Beetles, frogs and toads, hedgehogs and birds all love to eat snails.

Did you know?
Snails and slugs have a ribbon-like tongue, covered in 30,000 tiny teeth.


There are over 4,000 species of beetle in the UK.
Beetles are usually herbivores, meaning they eat plant material; some are carnivores, meaning they eat other smaller creatures, and some beetles eat dung (poo).
Beetles can be found in almost any habitat, from sand dunes to freshwater. This varied group includes ladybirds, weevils, dung beetles and fireflies.
They have a hard outer wing casing, to protect the delicate flight wings underneath.
Lots of birds and mammals eat adult beetles, and beetle larvae.
Did you know?
Beetles are the largest group of animals on Earth, and have been around for 270 million years.


There are 650 species of spider in the UK.
Spiders are arachnids, meaning they have 8 legs, and are closely related to scorpions.
They can be found in trees, long grass, in walls and log piles. They are carnivores, most commonly feeding on insects

Did you know?
Spiders often spin a web to catch their food, but not all of them – some spiders are good hunters and they ambush their prey.


There are 29 species of earthworm in the UK
Worms live underground, and are happy in soil which is moist and has nutrients. You’ll often find them in compost bins, as they eat plant material and soil.
As the worms dig through and eat the soil, they mix it up which helps air and nutrients improve the soil quality.
Toads, hedgehogs, moles, birds, centipedes and some beetles like to eat worms.

Did you know?
An earthworm has 5 hearts!


There are 57 species of centipede in the UK.
Centipedes are usually found in dark, damp places such as under logs or stones.
They are fast moving carnivores, (meat eaters) – worms, beetles, and spiders are their favourite food. Centipedes have one pair of legs per segment of body, whereas the millipede – a slow herbivore – has 2 pairs of legs per body segment.

Did you know?
Their name means ‘100 legs’, but actually it can vary from 15 pairs to over 100 pairs!

There are 59 species of butterfly in the UK. Butterflies only live for About 2 weeks as an adult – most of their life is spent as a caterpillar.
Butterflies drink nectar from flowering plants, though caterpillars eat leaves and plant material.
Caterpillars and butterflies have 6 true legs.

Caterpillars and butterflies have lots of predators, and are most often eaten by birds.

Did you know?
Butterflies taste with their feet!


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