Could you help monitor wildlife on the Great Fen?
Details of some of the animals and plants that can be seen in different areas and at different times of year.
Date: Wed,21st Mar 2012
Species: Small Eggar (Eriogaster lanestris)
Number Seen: 1
Location: Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre
From: Paul Tinsley-Marshall
A nationally scare species, this individual was attracted to a light trap at Ramsey Heights. Formerly quite common, it is now very localised, mainly due to the disappearance of its preferred hedgerow habitat. The adults are on the wing in February and March but are rarely seen, however the larvae live gregariously in silken webs on the foodplants, hawthorn (Crataegus) and blackthorn (Prunus spinosa).