Michael Sydall Primary and a Mother Shipton Moth

Monday, June 17th 2013

Twenty four children from Michael Syddall Primary School enjoyed a class outing to Foxglove today.  They had fun sweep netting on the moorland and one girl was lucky enough to discover a new species - The Mother Shipton moth, named after the 16th century Yorkshire witch.  When viewed across the body, the large, irregular cream-edged dark brown blotch in the centre of the forewings resembles an old witch with a hooked nose and conspicuous eye.

The children also enjoyed pond dipping where the horrors of life beneath the water were revealed as Great-diving Beetle larvae ate tadpoles galore in the Belfast sinks!

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