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Wednesday 18 October 2017

It's a bug's life

By Esther Hayden

Max Roche with a silverback fish.
Max Roche with a silverback fish.
Nicole, Philomena and Patrick Power.
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Jenny Foster with daughter Megan who caught a spider.
Orla McDonald with a silverback fish.
Helen Clarke, Eleanor Conway, Rian Power and William Conway.
Raymond Keogh, Lulu Roche, Max Roche and Christopher Keogh with John Kinsella, Wildlife Guide.
Raymond Keogh with a Beetle.

Overcast windy weather with a gentle drizzle did not deter intrepid bug-catchers of all ages in the first Tuesday pond-dip and bug hunt on the Snipe Field, Wexford Wildfowl Reserve.

Armed with nets, jars with magnifying glass lids and identification charts, they caught and identified fearsome-looking dragonfly larvae, graceful damselfly nymphs, balletic pond skaters that run on the surface of the water and tiny baby stickleback fish.

No tadpoles were found as by now they had turned into froglets, but some frogs, big and small were caught. All were soon freed unharmed.

A nearby badger sett was examined, but no one was home, each badger has more than one sett and they stay indoors during the day in any case. Butterflies such as ringlets and meadow browns flew into view as the sun came out, along with seven-spot ladybirds, froghoppers, azure damselflies and a host of small flies.

Twenty eight children and adults enjoyed close on two hours of finding and recognising some of our smaller Irish wild creatures.

The bug hunt takes place every Tuesday in the Snipe Field, Ardcavan and on Thursdays in the Raven Nature Reserve, Curracloe.

For more details check out the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve website www.wexfordwildfowlreserve.ie, facebook page at www.facebook.com/wexfordwildfowlreserve or phone the Education officer on 076 100 2664 or mobile 087 26 46 433.

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