Some of York’s most precious residents have now got a brand new place to live.
Forty tansy beetles have been re-homed in a purpose-built ark.
One of Britain’s most endangered species, the tansy beetle is famous for its brilliant green colour.
The ark was specially developed by staff and students at York St John University, with hundreds of tansy plants to sustain the insects.
Tansy beetles are now only found along the banks of a 25-mile stretch of the River Ouse around York, as well as two smaller sites in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.
The ‘ark’ site on Haxby Road in York has been set up as an insurance population in case of a serious flood on the Ouse during a vulnerable period in the beetle’s life cycle.