Our response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation More details

A Wet Moth Morning

Saturday, June 20th 2015

The night had been overcast, not too cool and just right for moth trapping.  By the time we came to empty the traps, located in different habitats around the reserve,  that had all changed and it was wet.  Instead of us going to the traps, the traps came to us, on the front verandah.

Emptying the moth traps

Moths were identified and recorded as the egg cartons were removed.  The minimum number of species stands at 93, but this is likely to increase when some of the micro moths are identified later.  

To ensure that we had a photograph of some of the moths, they were taken on the egg carton, not a good background, but a record.  Sometimes we were able to transfer them to a more suitable place, although some flew off immediately. 

Common Lutestring was one that did not co-operate.  It was noted in 2010 and then not again until last year.  The caterpillar feeds mainly on birches but has been reported on Alder, Hazel and oaks, all of which are in plentiful supply around the reserve.

Common Lutestring

Another moth that did not like being removed from the egg carton was Small Yellow Wave.  This was last seen on the Bioblitz weekend in July 2013.  Field Maple, Sycamore and Alder are the food plants of the caterpillar.

Small Yellow Wave

When the moth below was found, everyone said 'Isn't is beautiful!'  It lives up to its name - Beautiful Carpet.  Food plants include Bramble, Raspberry and Hazel.

Beautiful Carpet

A Ruby Tiger moth was removed from the trap and its colours are quite remakable.  Some of the trees planted around the reserve have been specifically chosen as they are foodplants of moths.  This one enjoys the leaves of Spindle.  Records show that it has not been trapped since 2010.

Ruby Tiger

One of the moths we love to catch is the Elephant Hawkmoth.  Again some of its foodplants can be found in profusion on the reserve, willlowherbs and bedstraws.

Elephant Hawkmoth

Many thanks to everyone who helped set out and collect in the moth traps and to Charlie, Jill and Alan who identified them for us.

As the rain stopped and the temperature began to rise a little so other insects became more active.  It was a surprise to see a bee disappearing into the Flag Iris flower.  You can just see its bottom.

Bee in Yellow ris flower

The blue damselflies began to leave their perches and move off to hunt.

Blue damselfly


(0) Comments:

There are no comments for this blog post yet. Why not start the discussion? - use the form below:


Leave a Comment:

Please complete this field, it's required. Your email address will not be displayed but it's required.

Your email address will not be displayed but it's required.

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?


Back to Top

Help Support Foxglove

Friends of Foxglove

The Friends of Foxglove Covert is for those individuals, families and organisations who would like to support the reserve through an annual membership subscription. Friends receive a regular newsletter and invitations to attend our various activities and social events.

More Details

Upcoming Events


Pumpkin Trail

Saturday 23rd October 2021 | 10.00am - 3.00pm

Come to the reserve half term 23rd - 31st October and enjoy the autumn colours on the red route (Easy Access Trail) and search for the pumpkin clues along the way. Test your knowledge of the creatures associated with Halloween by answering the fun quiz which is available from the visitor centre for only 50p.

No need to book, come and enjoy some fresh air with your family bubble. Don't forget your wellies and a pencil!



Wildlife Activity Day

Wednesday 27th October 2021 | 10:00am - 3:00pm

Come and celebrate British Wildlife on this family activity day as part of our Wonderful Wildlife Week. There will be lots of hands - on craft activities for all ages. Make bird feeders, mini bug hotels, seed bombs. Craft a hedgehog or spider or bee from different materials to take away too. This is a drop in session so booking is not required. Donations towards costs of materials would be appreciated on the day.



VIEW ALL EVENTS

Undergrowth Newsletter


Undergrowth Newsletter Winter 2020/21 Issue 54
{alt}

Find out what has been going on at the reserve during the lockdown!

Read this Issue




View All The Newsletters

Recent Blog Posts

Blog Archive