Twycross Zoos, it is currently growing hundreds of the spiky plants, for planting along the Shropshire-Union canal towpaths, linking Mr Hughes said: "The Barberry carpet moth was restricted to a single known site in the British Isles - a Suffolk hedgerow - when we began working with it in 1993.
Volunteers reinstate the habitat of the endangered |Barberry Carpet Moth (left) along Chester's Waterway
FASCINATING The twig-like caterpillar, to the left of the upright branch, of the peppered moth and, top right, the autumn green carpet moth
and, bottom, the blood-vein moth.
The study also recorded several unusual species of butterfly, including a small colony of the marsh fritillary, double line and waved carpet moths
and several other declining and key species such as small blue, dingy skipper, silver-washed fritillary and purple hairstreak.
TREES: Birch, holly, ash, rowan, elm and elder all grow in the garden, along with a number of varieties of conifer which attract species like the juniper carpet moth
Zoo staff are heavily involved in a breeding programme for the Barberry Carpet Moth
which thrives on a plant called Barberis vulgaris.
Insects featured in the set include the scarce Adonis blue butterfly and endangered insects including the barberry carpet moth
and the red-barbed ant.
Blomers rivulet was discovered by a Captain Blomer in 1831 and the barren carpet moth
, whose caterpillars feed on moss, had been recorded in 1825.
Seldom-seen Draught Bass is in danger of joining the netted carpet moth
, the red-tipped cudweed and the spotted flycatcher on the downward spiral that leads, eventually, to extinction.
Beech and poplar trees are leafing earlier than they were 30 years ago while insects including brimstone and flame carpet moths
are not only appearing earlier, but are also exhibiting longer flight periods.
They will grow into Barberry Carpet Moths
, a native species almost unknown in the wild nowadays.