Friday, 9 October 2009

Fox Moth cats



Been seeing lots of these over the last few days on the tops. They don't seem at all shy !!

6 comments:

AndyC said...

Well done with this Fox Moth cat(I hope).how many and where spring to mind.There are only 2 other records that i know of and both were adults.So this is proof of breeding locally.It is getting late for Fox Moth cats but no doubt the warm weather is the cause.I dont know what else it could be .?? Got any other pics from side.??

AndyC said...

1638 Fox Moth Macrothylacia rubi (Linnaeus, 1758)
Only one old record at Ogden 1946 and one recent record of 1 at Whiteholm drain 24th June 2007(BL)

brian leecy said...

Great records,apparently they like basking before going down to hibernate,and re emerging early spring without feeding,before pupating,next may could be very interesting,maybe they have had a good season like emps ! well done Ian/Tina,how many do you reckon you saw ?

ian and tina said...

Saw 8-10 altogether, at Scope moss and Wessenden Moor (near Marsden). Most easily seen on sheep gazed bilberry, but a couple on heather. They seem pretty common over a wide area at the moment. Some where at the roadside close to NT Bucksones carpark.

AndyC said...

Excellent VC63 record but way out of calderdale............

ian and tina said...

Sorry, it's even further than I said. I got the car park wrong, it's not Buckstones, but the one on the A635.