Remember the peacock caterpillars that Ian found in the nettle beds between Simpson’s Field and the Arboretum?
On Wednesday, DKG and his macro lens took a close look at some of the park’s invertebrate inhabitants.
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Our grateful thanks go to the park’s tenant farmer. He has done us proud.
On 21st of June, Hugh, Ian and Sarah G walked a regular transect through the park in order to survey the butterfly numbers.
A message from Ian B on Tuesday of last week:
“Had a walk around the park this afternoon and did a bit of a butterfly transect. The park is looking good. I saw 3 speckled woods, 7 small skippers and 43 meadow browns – the latter were in perfect condition as though they had just hatched – the majority of the meadow browns were in Village Green.”
Ian found and photographed this nest of peacock butterfly caterpillars on Tuesday.
This is the caterpillar of the drinker moth (Euthrix potatoria) so called because the caterpillar is believed to drink drops of dew on grass stems.
From Ian B:
“I photographed this small tortoiseshell nest this morning in Simpsons Field; there is a nettle bed on the right, about half way up the hard path from the entrance.”