Posts Tagged ‘green silver-line’

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

June 21, 2013

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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Scorched Wings and Spectacles ….

May 29, 2013

Good moth nights at the moment are few and far between and even when the weather is such that intrepid moth-ers venture out there are no large counts or numbers of species recorded.

A couple of sessions recently on Thorne Moors produced 22 species on 19 May and 24 species on 26 May.  Some seven female emperor moths and a single male have been recorded so far this season.  Thanks to John Hartley for sharing the following fabulous images with us.

Scorched Wing

Scorched Wing

Green Silver-line

Green Silver-line

The superb head on shot (below) of the Spectacle, illustrates just how this moth acquired its common name.

Spectacle

Spectacle

Could I take this opportunity to encouarge our photographic contributors to consider submitting entries to Buglife’s photographic competition.  Winning entries will feature in their limited edition calendar, but ‘moor’ important from our perspective is that they will raise the profile of Thorne and Hatfield Moors.  There’s still plenty of time to take that winning entry, the closing date is not until 30 September.  Photographs will be judged on technical skill, diversity, originality and creativity of composition.  With two of the country’s largest lowland raised mires on your doorstep, a paradise totalling around 3,400 hectares there’s plenty of challenges and wonderful opportunities.


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