Guest Blog: Sun and Fun in Wakefield

Hi, my name is Kevin Rich and I'm one of two OPAL MSc students working on the fabulous sites of Upton and Fitzwilliam Country Parks in Wakefield. I'll be posting here over the next year to keep you up-to-date with our projects.

Last week, I had a great day wandering round these wildlife havens looking for Butterflies with Dr Terry Crawford. We discovered a field full of pupating Burnet Moth caterpillars. I took this photograph which shows the caterpillar before (left) and during the pupating stage (right).

Pupating burnet moth

These beautiful day-flying moths, as you can see from the Encyclopaedia of Life photo below, will be emerging from these little yellow crysalis parcels in a few weeks time.

Burnet moth

Why not come along and see these wonderful creatures and join in the super set of activities we are planning for July onwards in Upton and Fitzwilliam parks. I'd love to hear from you if you would like to take part in the forthcoming events or if you can share any stories about the sites. You can contact me on kjr502@york.ac.uk. Ciao for now

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