The #Garden at Chillerspace, Part 3
Apparently on one site I put a plant instead of seeds in my cart, so now I already have a hemp-agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) next to the pond.
Many #Butterfly and #Moth species that are rare in the area and some of which are strictly protected in Vienna are specialized on sucking nectar from hemp-agrimony, so I'm very much looking forward to when it will bloom.
I'll soon write up more info about the plant here:
Today I also planted some seeds and seed-mixes. Others aren't supposed to be planted before August. Anyways next year there should be a lot more butterflies, moths, bees and other useful insects in the garden. :)
The Plan for the #Garden at ChillerSpace, Part 1
I want this garden to be a refuge for #Endangered species, by reintroducing more domestic plants that are endangered and/or that are food sources for endangered animals.
I found a list of butterflies that are highly endangered and protected with priority in #Vienna (it's in German, but there is a list of Latin names):
Next I'll research which domestic plants these species like the most as nectar sources and what their caterpillars eat.
I suspect the best way to get more of the plants I want is to stop watering an mowing (parts of) the lawn.
Picture credit: #CCbySA 3.0 Heiko Blaeser
The illegal wildlife trade in Hong Kong is booming, according to a new study, and consequently contributing to a global extinction crisis by supplying an increasing demand for wildlife products in Asia, particularly China.
So it turns out the rock wallaby I encountered at Jenolan Caves, is actually a critically endangered species, the Jenolan Caves Brush Tailed Rock Wallaby. Due to conservation efforts, their numbers are increasing, from 12 in 1999 to about 100 in June 2017.