What to look out for in June...

Young ones!

Many animals will have young around now. Look out for fox and badger cubs - try waiting silently near their dens and setts at dusk to see the impatient little ones emerge and play.

You will also spot fledgling birds in June, easy to spot by their fluffy feathers and eratic fluttery flight.

If you have a pond nearby, look carefully in vegetation beside the pond and you are likely to see lots of froglets and toadlets emerging to feed on tiny insects.

Foxgloves

The charismatic, pink flower spikes of foxgloves are famous as both a reminder of the hazy days of summer and of their deadly poisonous nature. 

The entire foxglove plant is poisonous to humans, although a derivative of the plant also provides us with an important heart drug in the form of digitalin.

The high flower stems are only produced in the plant's second year and they usually start flowering in June until September. 

Arger Fen & Spouse's Vale has a good display of foxglove flowers during the summer. 

Glow worms

Glow worms are actually beetles, the female of which produces a bioluminescent green light to attract the attention of males. Pick a warm, still evening to go glow worm spotting, and avoid full moon as the beetles tend to only glow on darker evenings.

Glow worms spend the majority of their life cycle as predatory larvae, only emerging as beetles to mate. The larvae may also glow but not as brightly as the beetles.

Stag beetles

The first sight of a male stag beetle can be somewhat alarming. These clumsy beetles grow up to 6cm long with enormous jaws in relation to their body. These jaws are actully very weak and harmless to humans, being used instead like antlers to fend of rival males. The female is much smaller than the male and has smaller jaws which are used for burying eggs in the rotten wood they are laid on.

Male stag beetles are usually seen on warm summer evenings. If you see a stag beetle in Suffolk, please report it to the Suffolk Naturalists' Society.

Bees

Many species of bee and bumblebee will be active now. Bees can be split into two groups: social bees and solitary bees. All bumblebees and honeybees are social bees. Examples of solitary bees are the leaf cutter bee and the tawny mining bee.

Find out more about bees and bumblebees..