Saturday, 22 July 2017

1st Visit to Brockholes Nature Reserve, Lancashire

On Tuesday 20th June, we visited Brockholes Nature Reserve, Lancashire for the first time. The visitor centre is a impressive floating within a lake surrounded by birds, fish, water lilies and during our time damselflies flying around.

On the way to the visitor centre, we spotted some old Harlequin Ladybird pupa cases still attached to the drawbridge.



We saw good numbers of butterflies, such as Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Large White, Small White and Small Heath around the reserve.

 Speckled Wood

Red Admiral


Common Blue Damselfly



Six-spot Burnet moths were busy nectaring around the thistles.



Shieldbugs and Scorpion flies were on the Sycamore trees.


Scorpion Fly

We spotted a Four-spotted Chaser resting on vegetation.


It was an enjoyable visit to Brockholes and we will return.

Small Square Spot - Moth Update VC60

The moth trap was switched on Sunday night (18th June 2017) and again the evening was warm, but a full moon was lighting up the night sky over Nether Kellet in Lancashire.

The moths recorded were as follow:

Cypress Tip Moth 1
Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix 2
Heart & Dart 6
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Riband Wave (non banded form) 1
Riband Wave 1
Green Carpet 1
Small Square Spot 1
Common Pug 1
Ingrailed Clay 1
Since-dotted Wave 1
Silver Y 1

The Small Square Spot was a welcome surprise. I had not seen on at home (VC66) in the garden since 2010.



Here are another two photos of Cypress Tip Moth.



Whilst photograph the moths the White-tailed Bumblebees were busy collecting nectar from the Blackberry bushes.



Also a Wren sat for a few minutes in the sunlight





Friday, 21 July 2017

Sunday 18th June - Muncaster Castle

After watching the Grey Heron feed, the audience was introduced to the latest arrival at Muncaster.

A baby Tawny Owl.




As we left Muncaster Castle we spotted a Painted Lady butterfly on some plants near the pond.



Sunday 18th June - Muncaster Castle

Sunday 18th June was Father's Day and so we went to Muncaster Castle in West Cumbria primarily for afternoon tea in the castle, but the weather and surrounding countryside was beautiful.

After afternoon tea, we watched the local Grey Heron being fed, a tradition which has gone on for many years. The heronry near Muncaster Castle is quite old.









Moth Update from VC60

A week's holiday in North Lancashire & South Lake District starting on Friday 16th June was the hottest UK holiday I have ever had. It included my birthday and I can safely say that it was the hottest  birthday I have ever had which is usually cool and damp.

On Saturday morning, I was entertained by a non-feathered visitor to my feeder. The birds were not impressed and sat patiently along the branches of the cherry tree.





The first mothing was done on Saturday evening, which did produce some nice moths. The evening was warm and very pleasant, so I enjoy watching the moths nectaring before entering the trapped for a rest on the egg boxes.

Tachystola acroxantha 2
Light Brown Apple Moth 1
Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
Cypress Tip Moth 1 (new moth for me and SD59)
Large Yellow Underwing 1

Cypress Tip Moth

Friday, 23 June 2017

Garden Moth Update - Week 16

On Thursday 15th June 2017, I put out the moth trapped for GMS Week 16. The overnight low temperature was 12.2C.

Light Brown Apple Moth 1
Willow Beauty 1
Straw Dot 1
Heart & Dart 2
Notocelia Rosacolana 1

Notocelia Rosacolana

Heart & Dart


2-spot Ladybird Larvae

On 11th June 2017, I found four 2-spot Ladybird larvae on the Buddleia.



Common Frogs in the Garden Pond




Garden Moth Update - GMS Week 15

On Thursday 9th June, I put the moth trap out in the garden.

Brown House Moth 1
Light Brown Apple Moth 3
Bee Moth 1
Garden Carpet 1
Silver-ground Carpet 1
Brimstone Moth 1
Scalloped Hazel 2
Dusky Brocade 1
Marbled Minor agg 2
Heart & Dart 2
Turnip Moth 1
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Common Pug 1
Cherry Bark Tortrix 1
Gypsonoma Oppressana 1

Scalloped Hazel

Turnip Moth

Marbled Minor agg

Dusky Brocade

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Moth Update on 2nd June 2017

Another moth session at Nether Kellet in VC60 on Friday 2nd June 2017.

Light Brown Apple Moth 1
Brimstone Moth 2
Flame Shoulder 2
Heart & Dart 2
Silver Ground Carpet 5
Ghost Moth (humuli) 1
Small Square Spot 2
Common Pug 1
Colephora Albicosta 1

Silver Ground Carpet

Colephora Albicosta

Small Square Spot

Flame Shoulder

Ghost Moth (humuli)



Garden Moth Update - GMS - Week 14

32 moths were recorded of 18 species on Thursday 1st June 2017 with an overnight low of 15.8C

Common Swift 1
Light Brown Apple Moth 8
Bee Moth 3
Garden Carpet 1
Flame Carpet 1
Common Marbled Carpet 2
Green Pug 1
Common Pug 2
Mottled Pug 1
Brimstone Moth 3
Willow Beauty 1
Mottled Beauty 1
Iron Prominent 1
Small Angle Shades 1
Marbled Minor agg 2
Smoky Wainscot 1
Heart and Dart 2
Unidentified 1

Flame Carpet

Brimstone Moth

Iron Prominent

Smoky Wainscot

Common Swift (dark)

Mottled Beauty