Whos keeping an eye on me....

Monday, 25 August 2014

Roaches - Staffordshire

A lovely family walk with Liz, Kim, Steve and Mikey. Started at Hen Cloud crossed the Roaches and crossed to Ramshaw Rocks. A 4 hour circular walk finished with some bug catching and then a pint at the Rock Inn Public House.

Hen Cloud under threatening clouds

Towards the Roaches

Roaches  - Liz and Kim on top of the world....... almost!

Doxeys Pool on the Roaches plateau

Weathered Gritstone Rocks on Roaches plateau

Heather Moorland


at the Roaches Trig Point

Roach End with Shuttlingsloe on the horizon

Ramshaw Rocks
a little bug watching


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Canary Shouldered Thorn

Ennomos alniaria:

First one ever in the garden and my fifth Thorn species of the summer, so very happy.

Wingspan 38-42 mm.

Aptly named after the canary-yellow thorax, or 'shoulders', this is a fairly common species all over Britain.

It has a single generation which flies from July to October, and is regularly attracted to artificial light.

It frequents woodland, gardens and a range of other habitats, and the larvae feed on a variety of deciduous trees.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Mothing is slowing down but am still able to get some garden lifers.

numbers are decreasing in the trap now but as each season changes so do the species that take to the wing, also some species are on a second brood and those that haven't been seen for three months or so are now re-appearing.

August Thorn

Dusky Thorn

Dingy Footman

Scarce Footnman

Dotted Clay

Antler Moth

Brown China Mark

Agriphila tristella

Chrysoteuchia culmella

Cydia splendana

Agriphila straminella