‘Moff’ matters including a new publication.

The Executive are delighted to announce the forthcoming Technical Report No.20.  This latest, A5 sized publication, comprises 180 pages, including 22 in full colour.  It also contains a map with areas mentioned plotted on.  In addition to the checklist the TR contains an informative paper by Colin Howes on the historic ‘moth-hunters’ of Thorne Moors.

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This volume will be a limited print run and in order for the Executive to try to gauge the level of interest, we are asking people to contact us to register an expression of interest.  The publication will cost no more than £8, postage will be at cost and is estimated to be in the region of £2.

To register an expression of interest in TR20 please email execsec@thmcf.org 

Four go ‘moffin’

The weather seemed to have improved a little recently, certainly for those interested in observing and recording the wildlife interest of the Humberhead Levels.  So an intrepid team of four ‘moffers’ headed for a piece of fenland to see what they could record.

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Three MV lights and an Actinic produced some 64 species of moth.  It is widely acknowledged that MV lights generally attract the greater volume and diversity of species but it is always useful to have an actinic present as they can attract different species which prefer the actinic light spectrum rather than that emitted by Mercury Vapour (MV) lamps.  The presence of a Queen Hornet as we opened the actinic at the end of the evening saw caution applied as we also extracted a beautiful Elephant Hawk Moth amongst an assortment of other species.  Maiden’s Blush was perhaps the night’s best moth in terms of rarity.  This species despite extensive recording on Thorne Moors was not trapped on the site until July 2014.  It was known on Hatfield Moors from Geo. Hyde’s time and more recently includes two recorded last year in August (2015).

Mothing doesn’t have to be a nocturnal activity there are species to be observed in the day time.  Common and Lattice Heath along with Emperor Moth are commonly enough encountered.  This tiny longhorn moth was spotted on a much maligned nettle and would appear to be an uncommon record, or simply one not reported very often?

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Cauchas fibulella on nettle.  Image: Martin Warne.

Get out there, see what you can add to the various ‘inventories’ of the invertebrates of the Humberhead Levels.  Drop us a line, share your images and become part of the network which places importance and value on the wildlife of these special local ‘wildernesses’.





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