The invertebrate life of Wyre Forest has been attracting entomologists and other naturalists for well over a century. As a study group has been finding out, there is still plenty more of it to discover.
It is a mid-May morning in a Wyre Forest glade. Pearl-bordered Fritillaries Boloria euphrosyne flit through recently cut coppice, lime-green with the flowers of Wood Spurge Euphorbia amygdaloides, alive with hoverflies and beetles. A newly emerged Scarlet Longhorn Pyrrhidium sanguineum crawls over a freshly cut oak log and waspish craneflies bumble past.