‘Moor’ invertebrate activity on the peatlands of the Humberhead Levels

With the arrival of warmer weather there has been a noticable increase in insect activity.  Good numbers of odonata have been seen on both Thorne and Crowle Moors.  Butterflies too are more numerous with Brimstone and Orange-tips still around, Small Copper and Speckled Wood in reasonable numbers and recently Large Skipper added to the year list.

Moth activity too has increased.  Two recent sessions have seen some 42 macro species recorded on Thorne and around 40 on nearby Epworth Turbary, neither count included micros although two common species are illustrated below.

Highlights have included good numbers of hawkmoths alongside other useful updates for the Humberhead Levels including Green Silver-lines, Peach Blossom and Birch Mocha to name just a few.  The Pale Prominent and female Fox Moth below are two other species from the Thorne list. Both sessions logged Peppered Moth, interestingly black and pale as well as intermediate were present at Epworth Turbary.

Scoparia ambigualis

Scoparia ambigualis

Coleophora albicosta

Coleophora albicosta

Pterostoma palpina

Pterostoma palpina

Macrothylacia rubi

Macrothylacia rubi

Ochlodes venata

Ochlodes venata

 

The stunning image below depicts a Red-breasted Carrion Beetle photographed by Steve Hiner on Thorne Moors recently. It is regarded as a common species of woodland feeding on carrion and rotting fungi and also found under dung and feeding mainly on other insect larvae.  If you click on the image to enlarge it, the three longitudinal ridges can clearly be seen on the elytra.

 

Oiceoptoma thoracicum

Oiceoptoma thoracicum

 

Thanks to Phil Lee, John Hartley and Steve Hiner for sharing their images.

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