‘Bugs and beetles’ – event report

Report on our event ‘Bugs and beetles – and what they feed on’

The second instalment of our Spring–Summer 2019 programme of ‘Nature Talks and Walks’ took place on 19 May with an event that focused on identifying beetles and true bugs and exploring their ecology, especially the various food-plants and other sources of nutrition that exist in the park. We were joined by beetle expert Dan Asaw for this event, which was run as part of the Sustainable St Albans 2019 festival (running from 11 May to 1 June).

The session began with a short talk in our Visitor Centre and the attendees then moved outside for a guided walk of the park to demonstrate how what was learned could be put into practice.

Among the dozens of beetle species that we found was our favourite from the first meeting, the Cramp-ball Fungus-weevil, which had reappeared on the old Ash stump where it was first spotted. The group also managed to find a number of species of true bugs, of which the Hawthorn Shieldbug, pictured below, seemed to attract the most “ooohs” and “ahhhhs”.

A Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)

For details of the other nature-focused events that we are running over the rest of the spring and the summer, please see our online calendar.