Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Only House wood/Northowram

Just about manage to sugar a few trees this evening before it got too dark ,-
1 Red Green carpet
3 Chestnut
1 Satellite(orange spots)

9 comments:

charlie streets said...

Andy,
I spent a good hour this evening from 5pm-6pm searching for female Mottled Umber and Winter Moth as they make their way up tree trunks after dark. No luck I'm afraid - don't know if it's too early in the year or too early in the night or if it's down to the erratic weather we've been having lately.I'll try again in a week or two.

AndyC said...

Charlie,
This Friday looks like it could be a good night .Im working but its deffinatly worth a go.

drepana said...

Hi you too,
I have also been out with the torch looking at tree trunks for winter moth species tonight. No luck here either. I think these elusive females are very easily overlooked. Its 1am now and nothing in the light trap either. Andy, my mottled umber came very early,5pm ish. I have read that this is their usual visiting time, it wasn't in the trap.

AndyC said...

i see from an old post on yahoo groups that Paul used to get loads of Umbers in Park Wood Elland it may be worth a look in there.

charlie streets said...

I just wonder if it's still too early in the year for the bulk of them - I didn't see anything on the wing last night! I might have to cheat and rear Mottled Umber through from larvae. I seem to remember Paul showing us a Sycamore tree in N. Dean that gets stripped bare every spring by them.I suppose it's a fifty fifty chance of getting a female.

Cangrande said...

Hi Andy
Finally got around to signing up for the blog, belated thanks for the invite. Been interesting looking over the past years records - never cease to be amazed by the numbers of species new (or apparently new)to the area since Collinson's day. Anyways about, I doubt I'll be contributing much in the near future, but I'll be following with interest.

AndyC said...

Good to know you will be keeping an eye on us Greavsey,nice to hear from you.
Where were you looking Charlie in North dean woods.??
Winston I think the first two hours after dark give the best results,but I found Green Brindled Cresent and Feathered Thorn at 11 - 11.30.

charlie streets said...

Andy,
I was in Bankhouse wood which is a stone's throw from where I live just behind the school.It's about 90% oak with odd trees of other species.I think the flightless females should be fairly easy if they occur in the area as I found plenty of smaller stuff in some numbers - woodlice, beetles etc.Maybe a string of frost free nights might help although I do believe they appear even in sub zero conditions.Haven't tried any sugar there yet as I don't think there are enough open areas which the moths seem to like.

AndyC said...

Charlie in Tutt it is said said to sugar the trees at ther edge of the wood(like Brian did at Gorpley)for best results.Could you please e-mail the detail of your Microscope as I am about to start looking into it(pardon the punn).