Wednesday, 10 June 2009

News from Todmorden


Hi all,i dont know how people are supposed to do their work ,when theres moths like this flitting about, elachista argentella,also clouded silver ! all the best Bri.

4 comments:

AndyC said...

I am thinking about becoming a gardener next year...

charlie streets said...

Pure as the driven snow.Your photos are too good Brian,they don't give the sense of - this is too small to get a decent shot of, like mine do :-)

Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

Hi all
I think Charly has also recorded this species ? Anyway the reason I ask is that I used to net this at CB and on the canal towpath down from Byrds Royd. At Byrds Royd in particular the moth used to swarm in mating (I assume) flights in small numbers of perhaps 20/30 moths. It allways occured by the grass edge next to a wall and always in roughly the same spot each year. my question relates to its flight, I never saw this species fly above 2 or 3 feet above the ground and as soon as you netted one the rest droppod like stones into the grass. Does this fit in with others observations ?

Best place in Calderdale for micros is Byrds Royd its superb for micros and wonderful in autumn for leaf mines due to the sheer variety of trees, shrubs and grasses. Its also a great Dragonfly spot. The absolute top site I recorded with Ian Kimber in Calderdale was the lowfields site known as Wimpenny Field before the site was built on in around 2003. Ian and I recorded 40 micro species in around 5 hours one sunny day in June, all as larva or netted adults.

If you want to bag up on micros I suggest you look for some brownfield sites as they are wonderful for micros if not too pleasing on the eye.

Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

Hi Andy
Will have a looksie at the larva tomorrow in Bradley and post a description. I am working on another project tonight so don'r have the time yet.