Moth Morning

Thursday, September 12th 2013

The cool days and nights have considerably reduced the number and variety of species in the moth trap.  However there were over forty caddis fly in and around the trap this morning.  Unfortunately not a single one would stand still to be photographed.  

There was a beautifully marked fly that decided it would prefer the camera lens to sit on rather than a green leaf!.  Another aspect to macro photography!

Another aspect of macro photography - fly on the lens

This is what it should have looked like!

A fly

On the white sheet under the moth trap, this lacewing was found.  We thought at one point these beautiful insects were gentle and ate plants.  They do not.  They are carnivores!

Lacewing

Out on a walk, a gall on some willow was examined but it was quickly realised that it was not a gall but a caterpillar!  You can see three pairs of legs and four pairs of claspers. The oval markings along the body are the spiracles, through which the caterpillar breathes. Back at the Field Center, out came the books and it was identified as a Pebble Prominent.

Willows and Aspens, both of which we have on the reserve are the food plant.  It overwinters as a pupa underground, hatching out next summer.

This is the adult Pebble Prominent Moth that flies in May - June and July - August .

Pebble Prominent Moth

Pebble Prominent

Thank you to Glennis, Brian, Ruth and Linda who identified the moths.


(0) Comments:

There are no comments for this blog post yet. Why not start the discussion? - use the form below:


Leave a Comment:







Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

The following question is designed to make sure you are a real person and helps us cut down on spam.
Your comments will appear here once an administrator has reviewed them.

How many letters are in the word 'east' (1 character(s) required)


Back to Top

Recent Blog Posts:

Stump Treatment

Posted 11th December 2018

Today we got on and did a lot of the stump treatment in the coppice blocks we have been working in, killing off any Birch…

Read More

Tidying Up

Posted 10th December 2018

It was another frosty morning on the reserve, which turned into a surprisingly mild day. Today's job was a tidying up one, raking up all…

Read More

Winter Sun

Posted 9th December 2018

Members of the Swaledale Ringing Team took advantage of the calm, sunny weather and carried out a visit to Bellflask Fishery early this morning. There…

Read More

Things to Look Out For on a Winter Walk

Posted 8th December 2018

I have walked around much of the reserve over the last few days and flowers are far and few between.  There is a single Herb…

Read More
 
 
 

Sitemap | Accessibility Policy | Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions |