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At the weekend I made my first visit to the Wheal Jane wildlife site being managed by the Cornwall Butterfly and Moth group.
And what an ecologically rich site it has the potential to be.
Work has already begun clearing invasive bracken and buddleia to allow more light to reach low growing insect friendly plants.
Despite the time of year a late flying Clouded Yellow Butterfly gave a tantalising glimpse of what the site has to offer.
Other species recorded included the migrant moth Rusty Dot Pearl, Udea feragalis, and the micro moth Agonopterix arenella disturbed whilst clearing bracken.
An early instar, 8mm long, Angle Shades moth caterpillar (right) was found amongst nettles. This is a species that can be found as a larva or adult moth in almost any month of the year. The extraordinary looking moth and fully grown caterpillars can be seen HERE
A Common Darter appeared briefly when the sun emerged from the clouds.
It’s very early days but the site may well turn up some real surprises.
Thanks go to all those at Wheal Jane Ltd for giving us the opportunity to do something positive for conservation in Cornwall.
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