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Living Things - Homes For Beasties
Aphids live on plants. Where do other mini-beasts like to live?

Living Things - Homes For Beasties

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Where living things are found is called their habitat. It’s not just big animals that need somewhere to live. Mini-beasts need a home too. We call their homes micro-habitats. At school have you gone looking for mini-beasts? Have you looked under stones? Have you looked under bushes? Have you looked under logs? Have you looked for mini-beasts at home? What have you found out? Where do these tiny animals like to live? What is the micro-habitat of these tiny, but living, things?

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Ellie turned over an old log. She found lots of woodlice. What do woodlice need to live?
Just food
Just water
Just air
Food, water, air and warmth
Woodlice need food, water, air and warmth just like you. All minibeasts need these four things
Sarah is a gardener. She has a compost heap. She puts dead plants on her compost heap. She puts leaves on her compost heap. She puts vegetable peelings on her compost heap. Which one of these animals likes to live in her compost heap?
All kinds of minibeasties love to live in compost heaps. They eat the rotting leaves and dead plants. It is warm and dark, and there is lots of food
Ellie asked, ‘Where does the woodlouse get its food?’ What do you think?
From the air
From the rotting wood
From the soil
From the rain
The woodlouse was under the old log. The wood in the log was rotting. It is food for the woodlouse
Last year Anna and Bella were both given compost bins. Anna put more leaves and dead plants in her bin. Why are there more minibeasts in Anna’s compost bin?
Anna’s compost bin was colder
Anna’s compost bin was drier
Anna’s compost bin was smaller
Anna’s compost bin contained more food
Minibeasts like to live where it is warm and there is lots to eat
Honey bees are insects. They are minibeasts. But they do not eat rotting leaves. What do honey bees need where they live?
Lots of soil
Lots of water
Lots of flowers
Lots of rain
Honey bees go from flower to flower. That’s where they get their food
This spider eats flies. The spider catches flies in its web. Where is the best place for the spider to build its web?
In the soil
Under a stone
Inside a house
On the outside of a house
The spider will catch a few flies inside a house. But there are far more flies outside. So the outside is the best place for this spider
Jack dug up some soil. He found lots of earthworms. What type of place do earthworms like?
Earthworms live in the soil. They live in leaf litter. They live in compost heaps. They like it warm, but they do not like the light
The place where minibeasts live is called a micro-habitat. What does micro mean?
Very big
Very large
Very small
Very strong
Under stones, under logs and under bushes are all micro-habitats. They are small places where little beasties like to live
William turns over a stone. He finds lots of minbeasts. This is one of them. What has he found?
Caterpillars do look a bit like centipedes. But they like to live on plants, not under stones. Caterpillars grow and change into butterflies
Ella and Grace have found a pile of old leaves. Where will they find the most minibeasts?
Under the leaves
On top of the leaves
In the grass
In the air
There are minibeasts in all those places. But there will be more minibeasts under the leaves
Author:  David Bland

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