Friday, 15 February 2013

Petite Wave (Scopula minorata) - A new species for Britain.

I found this moth on Feb.15th this year inside the outer leaves of a cabbage I was dressing which had been imported from Spain. It’s pretty small with a forewing of just 9mm and it was barely alive as it crash landed on to my draining board and in to a small pool of water. Thinking it was something "good" I immediately photographed it in situ (top photo) before potting it up and popping it in the freezer.The next day the light was much better allowing the photo below to be taken. I have since sent it off to Harry Beaumont for a more in-depth look and he has identified it as a male Scopula minorata, a species not recorded before in the UK. It will of course go down as an accidental import and not on to the main list but exciting none the less!

Monday, 4 February 2013

Sunday, 3 February 2013

395 Glyphipterix haworthana 2013 02 02

Found 15 or so 395 Glyphipterix haworthana Larval Spinnings Yesterday on Whiteholme Drain,Sunny and dry for a change,a lot easier to find when the suns dried the vegetation out ,the ones spun up in Heather and Crowberry being easier to see then the ones lower down spun in Grass,i collected a few hopefully for emergance in late may/june ! going to have another try at finding some Adults in May/June also Hopefully ,if we get decent weather this Year !!.regards Bri