Thursday, June 13th 2013

With the poor weather over the past few months opportunities for moth trapping have been few and far between; even when we have had the trap out numbers of moths caught have been very low.  It was a pleasant surprise to come in this morning to a bumper catch!

Seventeen species were caught overnight, including a Scorched Wing, a species not seen in our trap since 2009 - eager to get away it flew off before we got a chance to take a photograph!

Poplar Hawkmoths were seen for the first time this year.

Along with Buff Ermine, making its first appearance since 2011.

And finally Pebble Prominent, a regular visitor to the trap last year.  Thank you to Glennis and Joan for spending time this morning to identify all of the moths!

Not only was it a busy day for moths but also for people visiting the reserve. Richmond WI, Richmond ALS and Midget Gems Nursery all enjoyed walking around the reserve and looking at the Field Centre displays.  The Dales School visited again and spent time pond dipping where they saw tadpoles and Sticklebacks.  Volunteers led a flower walk for 13 people this morning, seeing the spectacular display of Bluebells on the moorland. The North Yorkshire Hardy Plant Society also enjoyed an evening guided walk.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who help in so many ways to keep everything running smoothly!


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