Sunday, 27 January 2008

Sunday 27th

Brian leesey ,recorded 8 saterlite and 3 Chestnut tonight at his wine rope situated in a small wood in Todmorden.

Saturday, 26 January 2008

898 Limnaecia phragmitella

Occupying fens and marshes, this species is fairly generally distributed over a large part of the British Isles. The larvae feed inside the seed heads of bulrush (Typha spp.) throughout the winter. They can often be detected by the presence of quantities of protruding down from the Seed heads.

Another regular winter tip but useful repeating it for those who have not found it before. On my morning walk at Cromwell Bottom on Friday I snapped off a few seed heads with obvious signs of the white down protruding and broke them open and each one contained numerous larvae of this species. They are very easy to rear through to the adult stage. Simply keep the seed heads in a plastic container and wait for the adults to emerge in June/July. It pays to cover the container with some very tight fitting mesh (pop socks) or the larvae escape when getting ready to pupate. It’s amazing how small a gap they can get through, so unless you want a container of typha seed heads without adult moths keep the container firmly lidded.

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Jan 23rd

Brian leesey recorded 17 Saterlite(of both forms, pictured above)and a Chestnut tonight at his wine rope in todmorden.

Monday, 21 January 2008

Lasts year in July

This was the first time I had recorded a White letter Hairstreak in Calderdale ,I netted it on the 19th July behind Only House Wood Northowram it was nectaring on Thistle.I also recorded The Ringlet and Purple Hairstreak at this site

Todmorden so far this Year

Brian L has recorded a Spring Usher on the 19th at his 125 MV,before the rain drowned him out.He has also recorded The Satellite at wine rope


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