Saturday, 30 November 2013

Winter Moth spectacular..............................

A mild night so decided to take the dog for a walk down the woods, I have had 3 / 4 winter moths round the house this week so on my way out I  grabbed the head torch just in case..As I entered the woods a moth flew past me and then another soon after,, within 10 paces I had seen 11.I stopped at the first Beech tree and started to look for females,I counted 46 males but could not locate a female .The next tree 23 males no females the third tree had 75 males and 6 by this time, as I walked between the trees the  night was full of Winter moths flying around. .Every tree was covered in Winter Moths  most around the base and up to 6 feet but on some they went so far up I could not count them. I went round at least 45 trees, a mix of  90% Beech, 5% Oak and 5 % Sycamore every single  tree had winter moths on it , I counted at least 2400 +.( I only had time to do a small bit of the wood there must have been over  10,000 if the rest of the woodif it  was the same on each tree .??) I have never seen anything like it before with the most being about 50 at the craggs....

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

RECORDS for 2013

If anyone has any records for this year, I would be very grateful if you could e-mail me with them
Thanks for all the input onto the blog this year,,,There have been some great records again  Magpie , Tissue , Large Wainscot ,Beautiful  Hook Tip,,and some excellent micros...

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

More on Winter Moths

Carrying on from my last post. Now I can see them properly these appear to be Winter Moths and not November Moths etc. This pic is of the male in the bottom pic from the last post and darker than most. WL 13mm

Monday, 18 November 2013

Winter Moths

With some poor weather on the way I thought it was a good night to check for winter moths in some well established local woods full of mature beech and oak. It was a good foray with most trees bearing moths. Over 100 winter moths counted (not sure whether November or Winter) One large birch having about 30. Two females and a scarce umber also recorded.

Grey Shoulder-knot

Every November I spend a weekend north of Pickering in the North Yorks Moors. Last year it was the December Moths and this year only one visitor to the kitchen window, A very nice Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus. A new one to me and apparently not well represented in the North.