Monday, 23 April 2012

New Micro book Im ordering mine now...................

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Speckled Wood

My first Speckled Wood butterfly of the year, this aft in Sunnybank wood, Todmorden. It is only 2 days later than last year when it was a heatwave.

Friday, 20 April 2012

596 Elachista poae emerges.

A long narrow corridor mine on Reed Sweet-grass found in the canal at Copley. Quite a scarce species in Yorkshire with just a handful of records.

The larvae habitually changes leaves - twice in this case.

The almost black pupa, originally encased in a whitish cocoon.

The adult emerged 10 days after finding the pupa. For once those frantically twitching antennae aren't because it's unsettled and wants to escape, it because.............

I think, and I could be wrong, that this is a female and not soon after taking a few photos she started calling for a mate by raising her wings to emit pheromones.Any info on this behaviour would be good.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

449c Prays oleae arrives in Calderdale!

I found myself loitering around Newbank garden centre in West Vale this morning trying my best to look like a customer when in fact I was there looking for olive trees to see if the aforementioned species was present. It took about 2 seconds to find the one and only mine.It contained frass but no larva unfortunately. Only discovered in Britain in 2009 it seems likely that this stowaway is now present in garden centres throughout the land.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

E.maculicerusella emerges.

My first ever success at rearing Elachistas brightened up a very poor day weather wise. Just waiting for my two E.poae to emerge now.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

News from Tod

A few Emperos about on the moors over the last days along with plenty of Phillenonides lunana and a green Hairstreak,

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Attracted to light

Not bothered with the trap recently as the weather is poor.But last night I had Twin spotted Quaker and Early Grey attracted to the kitchen window light.Also Brown House Moth kicking around the recycling.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Bumblebee Transect

Hi everyone,
I'm arranging a walk to introduce new volunteers to the bumblebee transect at the top of Hardcastle Crags (near Blake Dean) and wondered if anyone was interested in coming along? At the moment we are planning to meet at 3.30pm at Widdop Gate parking spot on Sat 14th April. It'll be a walk along the transect route and a bit of information about bumblebee identification. If there are any changes to the planned time or date I'll post an update.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

A new website for Yorkshire moffers

Have a look at this new sie created by Terry Box and mapmate its realy great.....

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Elachista maculicerusella.

This was one of my target species for this year and I was lucky enough to find three tenanted mines on Reed Canary Grass at Tag Meadow on Tuesday. One pupated yesterday on the outside of its mine as they tend to do. I think Paul has reared this species before but it's a new for me.I'm hoping to find more Elachista mines over the coming weeks but it's identifying the various sedges and grasses that's the problem!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Orange Underwing

An excellent year so far for Oarnge Underwing (above)Stoodley Glen saw at least
2,and 2 at Callis Wood today (BL),Cromwell Bottom ..1 on  15th march,1 on the 18th, 6  on the 20th and 2 on the  23rd March.