Good Friday this year saw the Conservation Team host the first of our new ‘Hands on Conservation’ events. We’ll be having a ‘Hands on…’ event every Friday in school holidays. This Friday was all about pest insects!
We had lots of examples to show our visitors, which we’ve collected up from around the show rooms in the last two years. The magnifying pots contain Death Watch Beetles, Common Furniture Beetles (woodworm) Webbing Clothes Moth, Case-bearing Clothes Moth, White-shouldered House Moth, larvae of the Varied and Brown Carpet Beetles., and finally larvae of the Webbing Clothes Moth. All of these are present in the show rooms munching on the collection.
We had one more mini beast to show our visitors. It’s a bit bigger than some of the insects however…
We also had some of pest insect traps out for everyone to look at, as well as examples of damage caused to materials by the insects including pieces of felt eaten by moth and carpet beetle larvae.
As well has hand-held magnifiers to look at the insects we used a digital microscope to show some of the insects magnified by 200x.
Our next ‘Hands on Conservation’ event is on Friday 13th April.
Emily, Sarah, Melinda and Lucy