Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Last Night in Hebden Bridge






And so, luckily it falls to me to post something exciting in the current spell which has been poor for night time moth trapping. Last night in the Skinner trap there was just one moth which arrived early in the night 2028 Pale Tussock Calliteara pudibunda. A new one for me and a quite remarkable chap! Winston






10 comments:

oldsoulrebel said...

very nice Winston, never had one myself

not a thing up here last night

Martyn

Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

Hi Winston
A regular but never common visitor to my garden mv at Park Rd. Very short flight period of earliest 9th May and latest around 12th June. Most peculiar looking moths. I think (I have not checked so could be wrong)the female removes hairs from her abdomen when egg laying to cover them up ?

Winston said...

A most unusual moth, you are right there. I gather they were once called Hop dogs as they were once common in hop fields (W&T book)

win

Mick and Kath Sharpe said...

Hi Winston
We only had one moth last night , and you guessed it , a Pale Tussock .Cracking moth. Ours didnt go into the trap , it just parked itself on the wall by the door .

Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

Hi Winston
Yep, they were indeed called "Hop Dogs" as they were found on hops by the hop pickers. I only ever found the larva once in Calderdale and truly spectactular they are as well.

AndyC said...

Hi all,I added a pic of the 'Hop Dog' found by Chris last September at Cromwell Bottom.spectactular they are.

Winston said...

thanks Andy, great cat. Win

Winston said...

Andy,what is the unusual background to the cat photo?
win

AndyC said...

I think its a glove.

Winston said...

lol Andy. It looks really wierd but interesting. Win