The day began in the classroom learning about the Marsh Fritillary conservation project that has been running since 2005. Before we got started we had a look at some of the caterpillars ready for release: The caterpillars have been bred in captivity by licensed breeders working on the project and they have been thriving. The wiggly and lively little guys were very keen to get out of their box!
|Marsh Fritillary Caterpillars bred in captivity|
|Marsh Fritillary caterpillars ready for release and trying to escape!|
|Wiggly energetic caterpillars!|
The main food source of the Marsh Fritillary butterfly is Devil's Bit Scabious and this thrives in wet meadows. Due to agriculture, there has been much drainage and fertilization of these areas resulting in a loss if habitat and the main food plant for the butterflies.
|Devil's Bit Scabious - Succisa pratensis|
|Heading to the release site|
|Trusty caterpillar and butterfly volunteers|
|Devils Bit Scabious leaves - release site for caterpillars|
|Getting ready for release|
|My personal release of wrigglers!|