Saturday, May 26th 2018
Everything is flowering and there is just so much to see. Hawthorn trees are covered in blossom, even the old one on the moor has flowers.
I thought this line of Hawthorn flowers a little different to the usual mass of flowers.
Finally the weather was calm enough for moth trap to be set away from the Field Centre and there were some amazing moths. Green Silverlines was beautiful and has only been recorded twice before, once in June 2010 and then again in June 2015.
Ruby Tiger was another moth not often seen, recorded in June 2010, 2015 and last year. You can see the black markings on its abdomen.
On Tuesday volunteers saw moths flying around the heath, so the moth team headed there on Wednesday. Yes the moths were there but their diving down into the Heather after a flight meant photographs were impossible. Then one was spotted almost caught in a spider's web, so it was rescued and we could photograph it. Our records show that it was last seen in 2005.
It sounds so good that we can identify Spindle Ermine Moth caterpillars, but we have to admit that the only reason we know this, is that the caterpillars are on Spindle!
These tiny insects were feeding on Cuckoo Flower, possibly micro moths, but after our last attempt at micro moth ID in 'the wild', that turned out to be a leaf hopper, I will leave these as insects!
Over the years many species of flower have increased their range. Bluebells can now be seen in many areas of the reserve.
Lousewort was originally found on the wetland, then one small plant was seen on the middle moor. Now there are several areas of this semi parasitic plant to be found across our hay meadow.
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