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Alive and breeding!

29 September 2015 by Paula

Adult Rainbow Beetle

An adult Snowdon Leaf Beetle

Phase one of the Snowdon Leaf Beetle survey is now complete and, after many hours searching, the team were finally rewarded with an adult Snowdon Leaf Beetle – confirming it is still alive and breeding in the UK!

The Snowdon Leaf Beetle Chrysolina cerealis is probably the rarest of the 291 British species in this group of beetles, which feed on the leaves and seeds of plants. It is also one of only two beetles protected by law in the UK and a permit is needed to even search for it. Read more…

Beauty and the beast – phase two of the Snowdon Leaf Beetle survey.

15 September 2015 by Paula

The study site from above

The study site from above

The entomology survey team returned to Snowdon on Friday 4th September for phase two of the Rainbow Leaf Beetle (Chrysolina cerealis) fieldwork. Tony Hunter, assistant Curator of entomology updates us on the latest search:

“Thankfully the weather was much improved this time, with only thin misty cloud to complain about and we quickly managed to find three larvae feeding on the food plant, Thymus polytrichus (wild Thyme). Read more…

No rainbows but plenty of rain!

25 August 2015 by Paula

Clouds loomed and it started to rain

Clouds loomed and it started to rain

Tony Hunter, assistant Curator of Entomology updates us on the search for the Rainbow Leaf Beetle on Snowdon:

“We left Liverpool on a lovely sunny morning and despite the weather forecast we were hopeful of a fine day, but as we approached Snowdon along the A5 dark clouds loomed and it started to rain. Read more…

Chasing Rainbows – Searching for the Rainbow Leaf Beetle on top of Snowdon

18 August 2015 by Paula

The Rainbow Leaf Beetle Chrysolina cerealis is one of Britain’s rarest insects

The Rainbow Leaf Beetle Chrysolina cerealis is one of Britain’s rarest insects. © Christoph Benisch – www.kerbtier.de

Tony Hunter, assistant Curator of Entomology tells us about a survey being carried out in conjunction with Natural Resources Wales:

“The Rainbow Leaf Beetle Chrysolina cerealis is one of our rarest insects and is protected in Britain by the Wildlife and Countryside Act. It is against the law to collect, disturb or even photograph it. Read more…

Bug House photography competition 2014 winners!

1 October 2014 by Lisa

Bug laying eggs on a leaf

Bug laying eggs, Phoebe Jones, age 5.

The jury at World Museum has had a tough time ‘beetling away’, looking at all the entries into our 2014 Bug House photo competition!   Read more…

Have a blast at the BioBlitz!

21 August 2014 by Ann

6 spot burnet moths v 2

Join us on Tuesday 26th August for the Liverpool Loopline BioBlitz, at the Mill Lane entrance of the Loop Line near Old Station House, Mill Lane, West Derby, Liverpool L12 7JA.

What is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is a race to record as many different species of wildlife as possible in a habitat. Our BioBlitz will include bird watching, nature walks, butterfly and bee surveys, wildflower wander, tree trail and a mini beast safari. Read more…

Creepy crawly photo competition!

8 July 2014 by Lisa

Paper Kite Butterfly

Paper Kite Butterfly by Sam Lyon

Here’s our Education Demonstrator from the Bug House, Laura Carter, to tell us about the latest Bug House photo competition:

“It’s that time of year again – sunshine, warm weather, flowers… and creepy crawlies! So why not grab your camera and enter our 2014 Bug House photography competition?

Insects, spiders, worms, slugs and snails are all fair game – found locally or abroad. Read more…



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