Posts from the ‘insects’ Category

Heatwave heaven at Strensall

Yesterday I spent the whole day at Strensall Common surveying Dark Bordered Beauties along with Dave Wainwright, Terry Crawford, Penny Relf, Tallulah Gullett, and, in the afternoon, a whole crowd of people from Golder Associates. 

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Strensall Beauties

Over the last few weeks, I have been trained to monitor the Dark Bordered Beauty moth on Strensall CommonRead more…

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On the trail of two Yorkshire rarities.

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to hop it to the Moors again, and I was very happy because the weather forecast was quite good, and it was about the right time of year to find two of Yorkshire’s special butterflies; Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary and Large Heath.

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Ashberry Pasture

Yesterday I had the opportunity to take the car and do a long walk, so I headed for Ashberry Pasture near Rievaulx for a six-miler, hoping to see some nice plants and insects. The plants didn’t disappoint.

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Mothing in Dalby

We set three moth traps out around Dalby forest during the field course, and on Thursday, Terry Crawford of the Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union Lepidoptera Group came out to tell us about them. Here we are plus some of the catch!

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Ellerburn Pilgrimage

I’m tempted to say that I only really feel complete when I’m in  a place like Ellerburn Bank. I kept saying to myself how lucky I was to be alive in a place like that.

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