Monday 20th October 2014: Colour and Camouflage

Our Camouflage and Colour meeting began with a challenge. Members were asked to camouflage our Junior volunteers so they would disappear against a camouflaged background. (This worked incredibly well!)
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Leader Martin gave a great talk about camouflage (and was camouflaged himself for the second meeting!) He showed photos of amazing camouflaged creatures against natural backgrounds and explained how this is an advantage for their survival.
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Crafts for the evening were brightly coloured pipecleaner snakes and intricate chameleons. Absolutely gorgeous!
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The group looked at tiny leaf litter critters, camouflaged in the autumn leaves and located by sieving leaves, using a USB microscope. it was amazing to see them in detail on the big screen. We found a wide range of insect larvae, spiders, harvestmen and earwigs as well as slugs, earthworms and ground beetles.
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Member Tilly brought in her stick insects to show the group. These are incredible insects that mimic twigs and are often kept as pets.
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Phoenix members played a foraging game and ‘Build a Beetle’ to round off the evening with some more fun and laughter.
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Thank you to all our lovely volunteers who helped run a busy and fun-packed meeting – especially those who were brave enough to be camouflaged themselves!
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Two of our members received theirprizes for competitions that they entered at WOW last month.  Well done!

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