Sunday, 4 December 2011

Stoat and Hare

I came across this around lunchtime today after three hours or so in the field searching for Hooded Crow south of Harlington. The hare was close to moribund with the stoat taking frequent bites around its neck area. Captured on Nokia N73 mobile phone after a few minutes of stalking to get within suitable range. Apologies for image quality. Andy Grimsey 4th Dec 2011

Saturday, 19 November 2011

The Moon

A photo of the Moon taken with my Canon S95 compact camera attached to a Nikon ED50 scope (27x) via an adaptor. Photo by Martin Green.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

The Streak

One of six trapped at Maulden Wood last night (31st Oct) by Andy and myself. Photo: Melissa Banthorpe

Friday, 14 October 2011

Phyllocnistis saligna leaf mines

Melissa found these leaf mines of Phyllocnistis saligna on Crack Willow on the bank of the River Ouse at Great Barford today (14th). This is the only the second record of this species in the county and the first time the leaf mine has been found. The first county record was an adult caught by us at Chicksands Wood in 2010. The mine here is up the main rib of the leaf and also down into the petiole.
Scan by Andy Banthorpe

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Autumn Colour!

Merveille du Jour
These 2 turned up in my Upper Caldecote trap 1st October. First ones seen since 2009.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Mompha terminella new to VC30

After finding out from David Manning that an adult of the micro-moth Mompha terminella had turned up in Northamptonshire recently, Melissa and I went into Chicksands Wood on 4th September to see if we could find the leaf mines of the larvae in Enchanter's Nightshade.
We were successful and also found it is present in Maulden Wood. Scans of mines in leaves of Enchanter's Nightshade from Chicksands Wood below by Andy Banthorpe.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Raising little beauties

It all started with Ma Lilac Beauty above, who was trapped at Marston Thrift on 25th June. She laid a batch of eggs, which hatched on 9th July. I lost quite a few of them. I think the larvae could be cannabalistic as a couple grew quite large, while others disappeared. In the end I ended up with six, which I separated and now five out of six have pupated with one still to go.

A couple of shots of the larvae, which are quite distinctive.

A couple of shots of pupae

If you are lucky a male will emerge, this one was trapped in Wales in July.

All photos by Melissa Banthorpe

Thursday, 18 August 2011

1719 Oblique Carpet

15/08/11: Garden, Leighton Buzzard, SP9326.
Twin 15w Skinner.
FW: 12mm

Frequents damp, marshy areas; the larvae feed on bedstraws. A complete surprise as the last Bedfordshire record was 1973 !

Synaphe punctalis

Saw this on the wall at work today. Not one I've personally seen before but trapped at the Lodge before.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Small Red-eyed Damselfly

Tandem pair ovipositing at DSTW 12/08/11

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Small Red-eyed Damselfly

Picture taken this afternoon at DSTW (9/08/11)

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Webb's Wainscot - Kempston

This Webb's Wainscot was in Martin Palmer's moth trap in Kempston. Photograph by Martin Palmer.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Satin Beauty

A scarce moth in the county. This one came to MV light at Maulden Wood on 3rd August. Photo: Melissa Banthorpe

Ethmia quadrillella

...which seems to be called funerella too? Trapped last night in Eaton Ford. According to the book, seems to be quite rare. Any thoughts from the recorders. Certainly a smart moth!

Another Crescent

Obvious really, but I was a bit confused by this beast when I caught it. Melissa has confirmed this is another Crescent, but very different to the one the week before. I thought it might be a Common Rustic but was bigger. Seems to be a good corner of the county for them up here with I think, five of the nine records.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

The Crescent

Trapped 3rd August in my Eaton Ford garden.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Brown Hawker - Kempston

This Brown Hawker came to Martin Palmer's moth trap in Kempston. Photograph by Martin Palmer.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Recurvaria leucatella new to Bedfordshire

This micro-moth turned up in our garden moth trap in Lower Stondon on 11th July. The id was confirmed by David Manning and he also confirmed that it was a new addition to the county list.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Its the wrong clearwing!

I went to Dunstable Downs today to try and get some clearwing records for the site using pheromone lures. My targets were Orange-tailed, Red-belted and Six-belted. I failed on all three but the VES lure which is used for Orange-tailed attracted a male Yellow-legged Clearwing instead. This is the species the lure is made for but it was still a surprise to get one at this site as it is a species of Oak stumps. The closest record is from Sewell Cutting in 1978 by Vic Chambers - also an odd site for the species.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Aberration of the White Admiral, with reduced white markings, at West Wood yesterday (6th July).

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Might these be...

...Lunar Hornet Clearwing exit holes? All in Willow within the reserve.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Small Ranunculus - Kempston

This Small Ranunculus came to Martin Palmer's moth trap in Kempston. Photograph by Martin Palmer.

Down by the river

Took the lures out the back of the house in Eaton Ford - nothing came to them but we did find this on a riverside poplar.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Silver-washed Fritillary

Silver-washed Fritillary of the form valezina, College Wood, 1st July 2011
This unusual form of Silver-washed Fritillary was in College Wood on 1st July 2011, photographed by Martin Palmer.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Chicksands Wood

The "Chicksands Wood" season has started and today I took my first walk around the wood in search of the specialist butterflies. Unfortunately I missed out on Purple Emperor by less than a minute by choosing to walk towards the distant group who waved at me rather than running. I'll be back soon for another go though. Managed to grab a couple of pleasing images of others though, notably Purple Hairstreak, White Admiral and Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Moth.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Orange-tailed Clearwing, Honeydon

Popped out to make the most of this weather and dangled some pheromones.

Friday, 24 June 2011


Catching a few of these things which I presume are caddisflies of some sort. Any ideas?

Thursday, 23 June 2011


Poppy field to the west of Chicksands Wood, June 2011.  Incredibly impressive.

Rookery South ClP

A panoramic view of Rookery South Clay Pit in its current state, June 2011.  Currently looking superb for waders, but soon to be filled in.

IDs please

A micro from 23 June
Another micro from 23 June
A Pug from 23 June
From 2 June

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Black Hairstreak - Marston Thrift 14/6

Managed to obtain a record shot of this Black Hairstreak found after a lot of searching today, same spot as two seen by Steve Blain on Sat 11/6. Good to know they are still around but concerning that the population seems to be so low and so local; this colony must be extremely vulnerable.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Me too at Honeydon RNR

Spurred on by enthusiastic reports of the Honeydon road verges on the BNHS newsgroup I headed there this morning. Here are my close-ups of the three star species, Spiked Star-of-Bethlehem, Crested Cow-wheat, and Sulphur Clover: