British Wildlife 27.2 December 2015

Lemon Slugs and Strawberry Spiders: a taste of Wyre Forest

The invertebrate life of Wyre Forest has been attracting entomologists and other naturalists for well over a century. As a study group has been finding out, there is still plenty more of it to discover. 

It is a mid-May morning in a Wyre Forest glade. Pearl-bordered Fritillaries Boloria euphrosyne flit through recently cut coppice, lime-green with the flowers of Wood Spurge Euphorbia amygdaloides, alive with hoverflies and beetles. A newly emerged Scarlet Longhorn Pyrrhidium sanguineum crawls over a freshly cut oak log and waspish craneflies bumble past. 

Through a naturalist’s eyes
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