Butser Wildlife Watch July 2019

We’ve been keeping track of the wonderful wildlife we see here at Butser as the seasons change. Here is our July update written by team member Victoria Melluish on what we’ve witnessed this month!

Return of the Lychnis Moth

July has brought us colour and vibrancy amongst the flora and fauna not to mention the beautiful yellow flower named Dark Mullein which is a vital food source for the rare Lychnis Moth. Upon exploring the farms Dark Mullein to find the elusive caterpillar with butterfly conservationist Fiona Haynes we finally came across a tiny little Lynchis caterpillar! Success!

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Initially there was a worry to whether they had flourished this year as they were nowhere to be seen in the beginning of July, it seems that they have decided to come out later in the month, the phrase “better late than never” has never been so appropriate!

Alongside the unique little caterpillars we also have another rare find that has been discovered on the farm for the first time, weevils! Specifically one that also likes Dark Mullein. We are hoping to learn more about them and see what we can do to make their home a little more comfortable on the farm with their friend the Lychnis caterpillar.

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