Bob and Sue Smith with some young visitors

Bob and Sue Smith with some young visitors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sun had his hat on, as did the morris dancers, for the Brimscombe and Thrupp Grand Village Fête. A team of volunteers and several somewhat press ganged moths manned a stand at the show. We met lots of interested local people and the moths were a real hit with the children, many of whom relished the opportunity to handle the very obliging Poplar Hawkmoths.

Younger visitors were delighted by the moths and the Small Tortoiseshell larvae, and they loved sharing what they had been learning at school about ‘minibeasts’. Some were very knowledgeable, one young lady we met runs a regular moth trap with her father and could identify many of the moths we had on show. Many of our younger visitors decorated flapping butterflies and made butterfly themed cards and drawings.

Several people took advantage of our membership offer, we hope to see them at some of our upcoming events. It was great to be able to talk to so many people about gardening for butterflies too. Neil Carmichael, MP for Stroud and Julia Girling MEP were interested visitors.

Moth Office Peter Hugo introduces Neil Carmichael, MP for Stroud to some Small Tortoiseshell larvae

Moth Office Peter Hugo introduces Neil Carmichael, MP for Stroud to some Small Tortoiseshell larvae

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in all it was a successful day for the team, and we didn’t miss out completely on the wonderful weather for butterflies – we saw an Orange Tip!

 

 

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Written by Jo Stafford