Sunday, 30 March 2014

Trip to a river

The River

We went out for a family day of fishing but the lake we wanted to go to was closed so we decided to go to a humungous river in the lowlands.  When we got there we saw some huge puff balls which are mushrooms so we collected them and went down to the river. As soon as we got there me and my mum saw loads of  beautiful baby frogs. My favourite one I saw was a little pool frog (Rana lessonae) .It has a green stripe down its back. I was looking for more small frogs when I heard a huge splash. When I turned around, I saw my dog trying to swim across  the river and the strong currents were dragging him downstream but thankfully he made it to the land. Then my dad suggested that we cross a  huge tree trunk in the river! At first I was a little nervous,  but when I saw how easily my dad crossed it, I crossed it too.  Then me and my brother went rock climbing  it was so much fun, but the hard part was how to get down! Finally, after 10 mins, we got down safely.
On top of the Rocks
 Then we had a very boring picnic.  After the picnic my dad realised  that he had left the car windows open and the keys were in the car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So we had to go all the way back to the car - thankfully the car hadn't been stolen. I got my 2 favourite frogs there and took them home with me and  put them where the plants are. We put them there because at night the slugs come out and eat all the plants. But this time the frogs will eat the slugs!

Here is a close up photo of some thing we found in the woods. Can you guess what it is?  Put your guesses in the comments and I'll post the full picture soon.

Mystery object??

Bracket fungus 

Friday, 21 March 2014

Ladybird Business

Three days ago my dad told me that for every ladybird I collect,  he would give me 20p.The reason dad wanted me to collect them is because he wanted to control the amount of aphids on his young plants.  My mum said she knew a great place where I could find loads of ladybirds and I screamed, ' where??!!!' My mum explained where the place was. After she explained  where to go, I went, and for the first 2 mins I found four ladybirds which is 80p. Then I started to look in the grass and I hit the jackpot when I caught  approximately 10 ladybirds, so all together I found 14 ladybugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! which is 2.80£. When I got back my dad regretted that he had ever told me about the ladybirds. Also all the ladybirds that i collected flew out the window but of course i got the money lol ;).  There are 5000 species of ladybirds.  The ladybirds are best know predators of Sternorrhyncha which is a type of aphid and also scale insects. The ladybirds i caught were the (Coccinella septempunctata) 7 spotted ladybirds. It is the most common ladybird in Europe.

One of the ladybirds i found