Insects are really important that’s why there’s a National Insect Week just for them! Some make honey, some make silk, some pollinate plants and some are food for other creatures. So the world cannot survive without them.
But there are millions of them. So to help you sort out the moths from the butterflies here is a worksheet and an insect quiz.
A good time to look for insects is in the spring and summer months. Take this worksheet with you to the reserve to see how many you can find.
They do not have a backbone (spine) so are classed as invertebrates. Their skeleton is on the outside of their body and is called an exoskeleton.
It is thought that 90% of all creatures on the planet are insects. That is a lot of insects! Just in the UK there are about 27,000 insect species. See how many different insects you can find on the nature reserve.
Did you know grasshoppers can jump vertically to a distance of 10 times their length and horizontally to 20 times their length. So a 5 cm grasshopper can jump one metre. . . see more interesting facts at http://justfunfacts.com/interesting-facts-about-grasshoppers/
Do you know how many times an insect flaps its wings?
Well they are all so different. The slowest is probably the butterfly with 5 – 10 wing beats per second while the midge is said to flap its wings over 1000 times per second!
This is a well camouflaged Hawkmoth . . . see fascinating moth facts at:
Other pages so you can find out more:
To see other worksheets have a look at our Young Friends section.
The reserve lies between Portishead and Royal Portbury Dock.
Access points are from Wharf Lane in Sheepway just off Junction 19 of the M5 motorway and from Portishead marina.
This website is created for and maintained by Friends of Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve.
You can contact the Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org
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