Moth Trapping

Friday, April 4th 2014

On Wednesday morning we were greeted with the best moth catch of the year so far! Well over 200 individual moths were identified from in and around the trap.

Red Sword-grass was first trapped on the reserve in 2004 but has not been recorded since 2008. This moth emerges as an adult from September to November where it feeds on overripe soft fruit before hibernating under loose bark and reappearing in late March. During the Spring they feed on sallow catkins.

Diurnea flagella, a micro moth, has again not been seen on the reserve since 2008. This species is single brooded with the adults emerging from March to May. Only the males are attracted to light; females differ from the males as they have shorter and have more pointed wings.

This male Oak Beauty is distinguishable from the female because of his feathered antennae. The brown banding across the forewing is a diagnostic feature that seperates this species from the Peppered Moth. Freshly emerged examples can often be found at the base of tree trunks.

Early Thorn can be distinguished from all other British thorns by its resting position, with the wings held up and pressed together over its back. There are two flight generations, from February to May and then July to September, with the second generation often smaller and paler.


(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.

What is the sum of 3 + 3? (1 character(s) required)


Back to Top

Recent Blog Posts:

Planted woodland revival

Posted 22nd February 2018

Once again we were back on the corner where the Wetland and Risedale Beck paths meet. Of late we have been thinning this area which…

Read More

Moths at Last!

Posted 21st February 2018

Bird ringing requires dedicated weather forecasting, moth trapping requires the same.  If it is too cold, too wet and or too windy then we do…

Read More

The cutting of net rides 9 and 10

Posted 20th February 2018

You can't beat starting your day with a walk around the Lake on a beautiful morning like today's. After stopping by the Lake and putting…

Read More

Water Everywhere!

Posted 19th February 2018

On Friday morning, while some went to Warcop and Wathgill to put up the owl boxes, 21 adults and children came to Foxglove to take…

Read More
 
 
 

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