Summer Challenge – looking for mini beasts

This post is going to take quite a while to write as we didn’t manage to complete anywhere near as much of it as I had hoped to today.

I decided that Sam and I were going to have a go at the mini beast hunt in his Summer Challenge pack

So we got ourselves organised,

  • mini beast hunt worksheet
  • clipboard
  • pen

and of we went into the garden.

we have to look for 10 different things and tick them off when we find them, so although I knew we wouldn’t find them all today I thought we should manage a few.


This one (well quite a few more than one!) was really easy to do, unfortunately the photos are taken just outside our patio doors, but then you could pick any part of our grass and find more. I think we must just live on a huge ant nest.

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Now that Sam has discovered we have ants I think we are going to have to keep a closer eye on him as he kept trying to pick them up and bring them into the house, a couple of years ago we were constantly trying to get them out of the house and really don’t need them bring back in.


I knew that we often have several of the other things on the list around our vegetable patch, well I lie, a couple of years back it was our vegetable patch, but it has got a bit out of hand and really needs a lot of attention as all we are growing in it is weeds at the moment and all the vegetables we are growing are in pots next to it!

Just next to the ‘vegetable’ patch Sammy was very proud of himself when he found this

snail shellI’m not sure whether this really counts as it’s owner has moved out, but he was really excited to have found it himself.

Unfortunately this put an end to our mini beast hunt for the day as it seems the little area of the vegetable patch I had been using had turned into some animals toilet, meaning that until I sort it out I cannot let Sammy look for worms and things for himself, so I guess that will be my job tomorrow.


Ok, so anyone else working on the summer challenge will now be confused and trying to find the spider on their mini-beast hunt worksheet.

I’m afraid there isn’t one, unless you draw your own.

But it seems that since I have told Sammy we are looking for mini-beasts he wants to see how many we can find, this was while out looking for floor tiles


Flies and Worms

I would insert a picture of the flies that we have managed to find as there were lots flying and landing around the same place as this spider, unfortunately they were obviously camera shy and flew away each time the camera came out!

I could give lots of photos of ones that have landed, but they would be sat on the reason that Sammy couldn’t look at the vegetable patch yesterday!

Same goes for the worms, we always have a lot in our vegetable patch.


Sammy has been spotting lots of the cabbage white butterfly, but again they move too fast for me and the camera.


We often have a lot of these in the garden, but I’m not convinced this is the best time of year to find them

According to

ladybird    Ladybird adults spend the cold winter months in a dormant state. As the weather warms up in late February and March the adults begin to get active and search for early aphids to eat. The adults mate in the spring and the females lay eggs during the spring and early summer. This generation of adults then dies as the new generation hatches out.

So I suspect we are waiting for the new ones to hatch at the moment.


Although we have spotted beetles outside, unfortunately we have also seen a lot inside, yesterday there was one in the doctors waiting room, today it was in or bathroom.



We have been struggling to find honeybees specifically as list on our hunt, but we have succeeded in finding lots of bees, the finding of the bees warrants a post all of its own. see here to read more

So it has taken a long while to complete this challenge but we are there at last, unfortunately although Sammy enjoyed hunting for most of them it did not end so well. See the post on Bees.


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