Thanks to Butterfly Conservation I have a great start to my research into the species of butterfly and moth to be found in Wales, and clues as to where to find them. I shall make contact soon and find out more about their work. Meanwhile, I have cribbed from them a list of species to be found in Wales that are under threat and in need of habitat conservation as well as a list of the those species considered a priority for conservation. I hope to be able to report spotting at least some of these on site at Rhosygilwen:
I am not alone in being fascinated by butterflies and moths. As I work largely with wool I also fear them – or at least species of moth, Tinea Pennionella the female clothes moth who in just 60 days can wreak havoc on my work environment.
They open their wings, flash patterns and color, fly from flower to flower. I, with the dark bristles and many feet of the former form, inch along the ground. Sometimes all I want is two armfuls of air, a fistful of sky.