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Seeking wisdom for a sustainable future through the history of a rare York moth.

Lectures
Date
28 Jan 2020
Start time
7:30 PM
Venue
Tempest Anderson Hall
Speaker
Dr Peter Mayhew, University of York

Event Information

Seeking wisdom for a sustainable future through the history of a rare York moth.
Dr Peter Mayhew, Biology Department, University of York

The Dark Bordered Beauty moth is one of Britain’s rarest insects, and its last English population is at Strensall Common near York. When I joined the conservation effort at Strensall in 2013, it sparked a love for the species and the place where it still survives, and a curiosity about the longer-term story to which I was contributing. Through investigating archive materials, old journal articles and museum collections, that story has gradually revealed itself. People have been making pilgrimage to the York population of this moth for nearly 200 years, and the species has been a nexus through which the lives of a remarkable array of historical characters has passed; some famous, others hardly known but nonetheless remarkable. The story of York’s Dark Bordered Beauty is a story of humanity’s effects on the natural world, of its striving for knowledge and understanding, but also of the value and meaning of a life spent in beautiful places and shared with remarkable species. Through stories like these we may find the inspiration and understanding to sustain us through a challenging future.

Image credit: Peter Mayhew: Dark Bordered Beauty female, Strensall Common, 9th July 2018