Saturday, December 12, 2009

MVCP & Stewartby Lake

Things to do at the Stewartby Lake gullwatch when there are no birds about No. 1: Pretend you are artistic...
The MVCP's Visitors Centre - Widely recognised, well by Mr Ball and myself, as the MVCP's premier birding location. Quite coincidentally also the only MVCP location serving fried breakfasts and cappuccinos... :-) Photos by Martin Green

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Northern Winter moth

Northern Winter moth at the Lodge today, obligingly showing its pale underwing.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Plume


This came to the window tonight - 16/11. Andy B tells me this is Emmelina monodactyla. Cheers Andy.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Brimstone & Common Darter - MVCP

The Brimstone was near the Stewartby Lake gullwatch and the Common Darter was one of about 10 around the MVCP Pillinge this afternoon. Photos by Martin Green.

Very Hungry Rodent


Feeder is 2m above ground, well screened from below by magnolia leaves, and suspended 15cm below branch. I wondered where the fat balls were going!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

UFO - Unidentified Fungal Object

This fungus is about 40-60cm across and is growing on a log (Poplar I think) near the MVCP Sewage works. I believe that it may be some sort of Oyster Fungus - I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who knows what species it is. Photo taken on 7th November 2009 by Martin Green.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Polecat or Ferret



This creature was found on the road-side near Potton by a colleague at the Lodge today. Is it a polecat, a polecat-ferret or a ferret?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009







Some recent moths at the Lodge: Juniper Carpet (21st), Merveille du Jour (26th), Streak (28th).

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Rush Veneer

I used to catch a few of these when I lived in Norfolk but this is my first in my Eaton Ford garden. Probably something to do with the fact I've only trapped a few times in the autumn.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Leafmining in Holwell

Yes I agree Holwell is in Hertfordshire as far as the administrative boundaries are concerned but it is in the vice-county of Bedfordshire (VC30) and these are the old boundaries that we use for moth recording. Melissa and I spent 1 1/2 hours collecting mined leaves and then took them home to identify which species of micro-moth were feeding on them - 24 species were found in total.
The scan below is taken using transmitted light and is of a larva of Stigmella oxyacanthella feeding on Hawthorn - you can see the diagnostic coiled reddish frass and the green larva munching away!

Dark Chestnut, Eaton Ford

New for the garden.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Clay Triple-lines 2nd generation & Green-brindled Crescent

A couple of moths caught in Maulden Wood on 5th October. The Clay Triple-lines is one of the species in which the second generation in the year is different to the first. The Green-brindled Crescent was the first we had caught this autumn. Both photos by Andy Banthorpe.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Acleris logiana - new to VC30, Bedfordshire

This moth was amongst others passed to David Manning for id last week. He dissected it and it is the first county record of Acleris logiana which feeds on Birch. Caught at Flitwick Moor on 5th July 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Moths from National Moth Nights 2009

The following moths were all trapped on either 18th or 19th September 2009 at Maulden Wood, Flitwick Moor or at home in Lower Stondon. All photos by Melissa Banthorpe

Pink-barred Sallow Maulden Wood 19/09/09

The Sallow (two colour forms) Maulden Wood 19/09/09

Orange Sallow Lower Stondon 19/09/09

Centre-barred Sallow Maulden Wood 18/09/09

Blood-vein Flitwick Moor 19/09/09

Autumnal Rustic Lower Stondon 19/09/09

Brindled Green Maulden Wood 18/09/09

Red-green Carpet Maulden Wood 18/09/09


Brown-spot Pinion Lower Stondon 18/09/09

Rosy Rustic Lower Stondon 18/09/09


Large Ranunculus Lower Stondon 19/09/09

Deep-brown Dart Lower Stondon 18/09/09

Small Wainscot Maulden Wood 18/09/09

The Brick Maulden Wood 19/09/09

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Flitwick Moor moths - 19th September 2009

Photos of some of moths caught at Flitwick Moor on the very enjoyable moth trapping night run by Andy & Melissa Banthorpe. Photos by Martin Green.
Ruby Tiger
Black Rustic
Red-green CarpetBrindled GreenEngrailed

Monday, September 14, 2009

Moths and a bug

From The Lodge last week, a Large Thorn, a Feathered Gothic and the heathland specialist Rhopalus parumpunctatus, a new species for the site.




Monday, August 31, 2009

Migrant Hawker - MVCP

This Migrant Hawker was in the "stream" that is at the back of the MVCP Sensory Garden, near the visitor's centre this afternoon. Photo by Martin Green.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Butterflies at Pegsdon Hills





Chalkhill blue, clouded yellow and speckled wood butterflies plus a dark bush cricket. All taken at Pegsdon Hills this Saturday (Helen Michell took the photos of the chalkhill blue).