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25 February 2020

Highmeadow Butterfly and Moth sites

Grid Ref SO570125

 

 

We met in Highmeadow Woods for a good day clearing scrub alongside a main track to benefit the Drab Looper moth and Wood White butterfly. Both these species are becoming increasingly rare.

 

 

 

 

Our contractor had been along before us and cut the small trees and bushes so our task was to clear them all back and create a brush fence.

 

 

 

 

The brush fence is against an old deer fence.

The Drab Looper moth can be seen during the day feeding on Thistle flowers, near the larval foodplant. It overwinters as a pupa in a cocoon of silk and earth on the ground. The caterpillar feeds from late June to early September, preferring the flowers and floral leaves of Wood Spurge (Euphorbia amygdaloides)

 

 

 

 

The stretch we cleared was quite long

In the afternoon, we heard the feral boar squealing in the woods above us!