Large skipper makes his home

Grassland and wild flowers are flourishing in St Mary’s Wild Churchyard area, which is pleasing many visitors already including this Large Skipper, and a lot of insects too….no doubt soon able to book in to the bug hotel when restrictions lift! The Skipper here is on a Ragwort, which John (one of our new wild churchyard team) says ‘has an unjustified bad reputation (it is not good in hay because it is somewhat toxic if eaten) but it is a native plant and is the foodplant of the cinnabar moth that Marion photographed in the churchyard earlier (look out for lots of black and yellow striped caterpillars on the plants). It is also a good nectar plant when it flowers later in the summer’. Come and visit and look out for latest wildlife visitors too, and let us know who you find!

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