Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Results!

One horribly wet and rainy Sunday in February 2009 the Hastings Conservation Volunteers, who do practical conservation work in the Rother area on Sundays, cleared a small, densely overgrown patch of land near in Beckley Wood for Butterfly Conservation. Thick undergrowth and young trees were removed in the pouring rain - with sodden work gloves and slippery tools.
The pay-off came 15 months later: Grizzled Skippers have now colonised this site!
(photos: Steve Wheatley)

Monday, 3 May 2010

Look – and listen - out for Green Hairstreaks

Only very few sightings of this beautiful butterfly were recorded in Rother last year. Does this mean this nationally widespread butterfly is scarce in our region or is
it simply under-recorded? Let’s try and find out! This year we are alerting everyone to look out for this elusive species, which uses the widest variety of food plants of all British butterflies and is – at least theoretically – found in a wide range of habitats where shrubs are present.
Green Hairstreak (photo: Polly Mair)

Britain’s only green butterfly pupates in August and hibernates as chrysalis. In order to keep warm and protected over winter, it has evolved an extraordinary and unique "trick": The chrysalis emits loud squeaks, audible to the human hear, to attract ants and entice them to drag the chrysalis into their nest.