Butterflies and Moths

Sunday, June 19th 2022

When the sun shone and the wind dropped it was amazing to see what was flying around Foxglove.  A glimpse of blue could have been a Common Blue Butterfly, but the first insect to be photographed was a Small Heath Butterfly, in a different place from last year.

There are two skipper butterflies on the reserve, Large and Small.  Sometimes it is easy to distinguish between them, other times they leave you wondering if they have actually read the books on ID!  I took this photograph and thought Small, but when viewed on the computer screen  I thought Large. I'll let you decide, suffice to say this is a skipper butterfly!

Another movement and a quick click of the camera revealed a Painted Lady, not in brilliant colour as it had flown from the continent.  These first migrants will breed and we will have pristine Painted Lady butterflies by the end of summer.  Some of these adults will then migrate back to the continent.

The moth trap was emptied and another Eyed Hawkmoth was revealed.  When placed on a leaf it decided that I was a predator and opened its wings to show its frightening eyes!

Something yellow caught my eye and on following it for a little while it finally showed its forewings, with not too much vegetation between me and it, to enable me to see that it was a Yellow Shell moth.  Not frequently seen nor caught in the trap very often.


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Butterflies and Moths Treasure Trail

Friday 22nd July 2022 | During Reserve Opening Times

Enjoy a walk around the red route (easy access trail) and find the clues to learn all about these wonderful insects. 

Pick up a clue sheet from the Field Centre for only £1 and check your answers at the end.

No booking required as this is a selg guided activity! Please remember to bring a pencil from home.

The clues will be out for the duration of the school summer holidays (North Yorkshire dates).



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Come along and find out which animals are living in some of the Foxglove ponds. Book a pond dipping session for your family bubble of up to six people. There will be a socially distanced brief to set you off and then you can use the equipment for the remainder of the session. You will be requested to use hand gel on arrival and the net handles will be cleaned between sessions.

Please call the Reserve Managers on 07754 270980 to book your allocated slot. You are advised to arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time. 

A donation of only £5 per group in advance will confirm your time slot.



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