Young gardeners discover rare stag beetle nest
A group of primary children made a rare and unusual discovery while planting spring bulbs in the school grounds.
Pupils from Uranus class at Midsomer Norton Primary School were planting hundreds of daffodil bulbs when one pupil made a strange discovery.
Seven-year-old Aria Stevenson discovered a stag beetle larvae hidden deep within the ground.
The rare discovery prompted children to find out more about the beetle, which spends between three and seven years buried in the ground in its cocoon before hatching out and making its way to life on the surface.
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Class teacher Elizabeth de Quidt said: "Since we discovered the larvae we have been learning all about the life cycle of the beetle."
Aria said: "I was digging my hole when I found the grub. I think it is really cool.
"We have spent a lot of time learning about where he lives."
The children released the grub, named Tommy, by Aria and her friends, back in his hole.
They also plan to create a home for bugs and beetles in the school grounds using rotten wood.