A Glorious Day - Part One

Saturday, October 13th 2018

No I am not referring to, today but Wednesday.  Being poetic, the light, driving into Foxglove was bright, hazy, shimmering, misty  and a bit strange.  Rays of sunshine were stretching down onto the heath. 

Morning sun over the heath

The 'misty bit' had caught the spider webs across the heather.

Spider Webs

A close up of the webs showed that each silken strand had caught tiny droplets of water.  As the sun rose and the temperature rose so all of the webs disappeared.

Spider webs

After early morning photography, it was back to the moth trap.  Due to the weather, it had not been out for a couple of weeks.  There were some lovely moths to identify.   It is thirsty, hungry work identifying moths.

Identifying the moths

Unfortunately the five Feathered Thorn moths caught did not co-operate and flew off immediately they were released!

A moth that we gave many names to before its final ID was agreed, was Green-brindled Crescent.  You can just see a hint of green on its wings.

Green-brindled Crescent

Another individual caught was much darker, although it had the same markings.  On closer inspection we noticed the green colour in just two areas across the wings.  We rather liked it striped 'stockings'!

Green-brindled Crescent

 Some moths are very easy to ID and also easy to remember.  The Red-line Quaker, as its name suggests has a red line on it.

Red-line Quaker

Yellow-line Quaker has a yellow line.  We normally trap more Red-lines than Yellow-lines.

Yellow-line Quaker

Many moths do not feed, but both of these moths do, feeding from Ivy flowers and overripe berries.  The larva of the Red-line feeds on the catkins and leaves of Willow, whilst the Yellow-line has a much more varied diet including Oak, Poplars, Beech, Hawthorn and possibly Heather, in the north.

Thank you to everyone who helped with a variety of tasks on Wednesday.


(0) Comments:

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


Leave a Comment:

Please complete this field, it's required. Your email address will not be displayed but it's required.

Your email address will not be displayed but it's required.

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?


Back to Top

Help Support Foxglove

Friends of Foxglove

The Friends of Foxglove Covert is for those individuals, families and organisations who would like to support the reserve through an annual membership subscription. Friends receive a regular newsletter and invitations to attend our various activities and social events.

More Details

Upcoming Events


Owl Pellet Discovery - CANCELLED

Wednesday 8th April 2020 | 10.30am start

The events programme has been temporarily withdrawn. For up to date information this website, FaceBook and other forms of social media should be consulted. If you have donated in advance to secure a place on an event you will be contacted over the next few days and offered a refund. We apologise for this inconvenience.

Come and learn all about the different  owl species that live in North Yorkshire. Find out what they eat by dissecting their pellets and identifying the contents.  Recommended for ages 7 years upwards. 

Booking is essential as places are limited.

Suggested minimum donation of £5 per person. Please donate in advance to secure a place.

This event is free for Volunteers and Friends of the reserve.



Richmond Coffee Morning - POSTPONED

Thursday 9th April 2020 | 9.00am - 12 noon

Due to the current situation, the coffee morning has been postponed. The next is planned for October 22nd.

Come and enjoy a relaxing cup of tea or coffee and a 'sticky' at Richmond Town Hall.  There will be a raffle, tombola and a stall selling delicious homemade cakes!  All proceeds from this fundraising event go towards the running costs of the reserve. 

If you would like to donate any cakes or items for the raffle or tombola please take them to the field centre beforehand or to Richmond Town Hall on the day.  No need to book, just turn up!



VIEW ALL EVENTS

Undergrowth Newsletter




The Dragonflies of Strensall and Foxglove Covert
{alt}

This book has been published with the aim of enabling people visiting these, immensely important Flagship Pond Sites in North Yorkshire, to identify the dragonflies and damselflies they encounter - by reference to a simple text and photographs. Credits - Yorkshire Dragonfly Group & Freshwater Habitats Trust

Read this Issue


View All The Newsletters

Recent Blog Posts

Blog Archive