Monday, 8 September 2008

Speckled Wood

Reading through Richard Lewingtons " Pocket guide to the Butterflies of Great Britain & Ireland" I noticed this about Speckled Wood males. " it has been found that these more sedentary males have tend to have four hindwing spots whereas the males that actively patrol in search of females only have three hindwing spots. Might be worth check back through your photos and seeing if this holds good in Calderdale. The only images I have all show three spots only so are obviously the more randy form :-))

I also found this excellant link,which no doubt I am the last to find, but just incase http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/index.php

6 comments:

Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

PS Charly, if you look down the Butterfly Link home page you will see a beginners guide to Moth Trapping by Adrian Wander and Jon Clifton... or Fred & Barney as I call them :-))

AndyC said...

I had a speckled wood today at Northowram,getting a bit late for um now.??

charly streets said...

Hi Paul,I'm not into trapping moths - never have been and probably never will.I might take the odd one from the wild if it's new to me and won't settle for it's pic, but that's about it - everyone to their own! Heaven forbid someone invents a butterfly trap.

All my Speckled Woods pics are the lazy four spots BTW.

Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

Hi Charly
I was pointing Jon Clifton not the guide. I must disagree with you about light trapping though. White Prominent was recorded for the first time in many years by some people running MV traps on NMN this year in Derry. Despite being searched for many times most records come from light traps. Most rare and declining species are recorded and released from MV light traps by Paul Waring and others every year. Without the traps in many cases the moths have never been found in the wild for years.

Sorry to add to your dismay Charly but THERE are live Butterfly traps available !!

Where I do agree with you is that I find light trapping boring in the main and much prefer actively seeking out lepidoptera...that being said I have just ordered a new Robinson MV to run here in Wales !

charly streets said...

Paul,I know that people running light traps will see many more species than me,and some species will probably only ever be seen at light.I'm not under any illusions on that front. I think out of the top ten most commonly caught macros in Yorkshire I've only seen five of them. I'm not into the numbers game-200 species or 1000 it's all the same to me, what I seek is variety.Whether it's a new leaf mine, an Emperor Moth female sitting in heather,a wingless bagworm or rearing my first E. postvittana to adulthood - it's the sheer variety of lepidoptera that attracted me in the first place.Just so you know where I'm coming from :-)

Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

"what I seek is variety.Whether it's a new leaf mine, an Emperor Moth female sitting in heather,a wingless bagworm or rearing my first E. postvittana to adulthood - it's the sheer variety of lepidoptera that attracted me in the first place."

Couldn't agree more Charlie !