Did you know?
The Netted Carpet Moth is one of Britain's most endangered moths. It was heavily collected by the Victorians and thought to be extinct early in the 1900s. It was rediscovered in 1945 and the Rusland Horizons scheme area is one of only two regions where it is found. The caterpillars (larvae) of the Netted Carpet Moth imitate the seed pods of their food plant the Touch-me-not Balsam, as they grow, to avoid being eaten.
The adult Duke of Burgundy butterflies only live for 5 - 7 days in May, during which time they have to find a mate, and the females have to lay eggs on their foodplant, the primrose.
The Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary female will often scatter her eggs during flight over a suitable moist area with violets, rather than placing them on the caterpillar food plant.
The Large Heath butterfly lives in raised bogs and peat mosses in the Rusland Valley where its foodplants of Hare's Tail Cottongrass can be found. They are a favourite food of the Meadow Pipit!
Read the Project Reports below:
Dr Rob Fitter (from July 2019)