Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Ragwort and Cinnabar

It's not too late to see Ragwort flowers at Filnore Woods.

We had intended to pull them all up today, to prevent them spreading to neighbouring farm land.   We did pull up some.

 However we didn't want to destroy the Cinnabar Moth caterpillars so where we found caterpillars we left the plants.  In a few more weeks the caterpillars should have pupated, so we will pull the plants later, before they go to seed.

The caterpillars overwinter in cocoons on the ground and emerge as slate grey moths with red bars and spots the following May.

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