Autumn Moths

Wednesday, October 24th 2012

Thirty moths of nine species were waiting patiently in the moth trap for Elizabeth first thing this morning. Amongst these were several December Moths. These fly between early October and  January and are seldom seen.

December Moth

The most striking species in today's catch was Angle Shades. These fly all year round but their numbers swell between August and October when they are joined by immigrants.

Moth

From the front this one looks quite startled and shares a resemblence with Gonzo from the muppet show!

Angle Shades

Finally, Feathered Thorn is the latest of the thorn moths to fly. The larvae of this species feeds on a wide range of broadleaved trees including, Willow, Hazel, Dog Rose, Hawthorn and Blackthorn and has also been reported on Larch. All of these trees are abundant at Foxglove.

Feathered Thorn

Autumn is going to be a busy time for the Foxglove team. During half term there are lots of fun activity sheets to take out on an Autumn walk. These are available from the Field Centre in return for a small donation and are a great way to get the whole family out in the fresh air.

The next winter worky day is on Saturday 3rd November. This will be a a special occasion as in addition to the main habitat work, members of the Dry Stone Walling Association will be constructing a curved seat to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the reserve. See the events section for further details. Booking essential.

There will be a coffee morning in Richmond Town Hall on Thursday November 8th. We are collecting empty jam jars, sweets and ribbons to make a 'sweet tombola'. If you would like to donate any of these items please leave them in the kitchen. Please get in touch if you can offer any help with baking cakes beforehand or assisting on the day with tea making, serving and washing up.


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