Thursday, 23 October 2008

Sunday Evening

Hi all,I am meeting with Brian Leesey at Gorpley Clough to run the trap and sugar some trees on Sunday evening.It should be dark by 5ish(clocks go back sat night).Staying for a few hours until the temp drops off.All welcome if any one wants a lift please leave a message below.

7 comments:

charlie streets said...

Hi Andy,I'll be up for it - I want to try and get some shots of the flightless female "winter moths" this year, I'm still trying to work the best way to go about it. The forecast doesn't look to brilliant for Sunday though, let me know what you decide.

Charlie.

Nick Carter said...

I'm away for the day but if back in time will be there (weather permitting)

AndyC said...

The first 2/3 hours after dark should be the best(if we get anything)the weather looks ok but wind will be our main problem.Anyway we will give it a go and if we get a Brindled Ochre off Gorpley Clough it will be great.Charlie will pick you at 4 by allotments unless i hear from you.

Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

Charlie
Winter Moth females. I was told the best way to spot them is to arrive at any spot you know the moth occurs was to arrive just before dusk. Evidently you search the trunks of the foodplants around 12-18 inches above the ground just before and the first hour after dusk as the females clamber up the trunks from their daytime hiding places. You can also spot them by watching for males fluttering around in one spot which usually means they have spotted a female. The above can be used as a general guideline with all wingless females.

charlie streets said...

Thanks Paul, it's something I've wanted to try for a while now. I might give Long wood a go near me as I've seen the odd male resting on trunks during the day, I reckon they must be pretty common. It's also a good site for Spring Usher as well.Not sure if it's too early at the mo.

Andy - Cheers, 4.00pm it is.

Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

Hi Charlie
Spring Usher is a fascinating moth as its "moved" it flight period forward in the past century, presumably due to climate change. Roy Leverton did a small survey a few years back and asked for records of Spring Usher for the coming year. I sent in my records amongst others and Roy did a paper in the Entomological Record which showed flight period was mainly in January and usually over by mid Feb (I this this is the date) Andy C has all my old copies of the ent rec and he might be able to dig ou the article (2000-2002 I think). PS Your second Chq has just arrived, sadly the new books have not yet :-((

charlie streets said...

I've yet to see ANY moths in January, my two earliest Spring Ushers have been on Feb.1st in 2006 and the same date in 2007.

Glad to hear your local postie isn't stuffing all his mail in the back of his wardrobe :-)