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31 May 2011

26 May 2011 – Buff-tip and Elephant Hawk-moth

The Buff-tip (Phalera bucephala, Greek phalaros – having a white patch ; bucephala – bull-headed).  Alexander the Great had a horse called Bucephalus so if it had a white blaze on its head, this moth is named after it.  At Shandy Hall the Buff-tip never quite makes it to the moth-trap. It is always found nearby […]

23 May 2011

20 May 2011 – Flame Shoulder

Cleaning the moth trap (dead midges and mosquitoes accumulate at the bottom of the trap and form a sort of crisp soup) and then putting it out in the dark last night meant I forgot to put the egg-boxes back in.  As a result, this morning’s collection were all tucked beneath the rim that supports […]

19 May 2011

19 May 2011 – Newt emerges

At night the temperature is still chilly.  A drive back to Shandy Hall in the evening gives a fair indication of possible moth activity and over the last week hardly any have been seen in the headlights. (I’m sure most moth-trappers travel more slowly at night to avoid collisions.  A feathery clout on the windscreen […]

10 May 2011

10 May 2011 – Prominent Prominents

Menophra abruptaria is the Latin name for the Waved Umber. Menophra is derived from the Greek words for ‘moon’ and ‘eyebrow’ and abruptus means ‘broken off’. A collection of words that form another miniature poem. These creatures are so different when at rest in contrast to their flapping, agitated flight. The big lilac tree on the lawn […]

3 May 2011

3 May 2011 – 57 varieties of human being: 6 varieties of moth

The National Gardens Scheme evening attracted 57 varieties of human being but only half-a-dozen different moth species, two of which are photographed here. The White Ermine moth (Spilosoma lubricipeda) – such a beautiful creature – comes readily to light. If the example photographed looks a bit lifeless that is because the moth’s response to being handled […]

28 April 2011

28 April 2011 – App blossoms

The nights are still chilly and moth numbers are low but if the real creatures refuse to creep from their cryptic resting places we should (as of this afternoon) be able to provide a virtual alternative. When visitors come to the National Gardens Scheme evening opening tomorrow there will be a couple of i-pads with […]

26 April 2011

Cold last night – a contrast to the heat of the day – so no great expectations.

26 April 2011 The unmistakable Scorched Wing Plagodis dolabararia made an appearance and was a welcome addition to the disappointingly small gathering of Powdered Quakers and Hebrew Characters. Apparently the female Scorched Wing is hardly ever seen so we’ll have to be content with the male and its characteristic curl of the abdomen. It is […]

18 April 2011

18 April 2011-Shandy Hall moths on BBC Radio 4

Moths have not been plentiful over the last few nights – a bright, nearly full moon and low temperatures brought out just enough to satisfy the hunger of the first pipistrelle of the year – but moth enthusiasts were in plentiful supply. Martin Wainwright and Iain Chambers are putting together a radio programme with a […]

15 April 2011

29 April 2011 – National Gardens Scheme Evening Event

If you are interested in the mothy side of Shandy Hall then you are welcome to come to Coxwold as dusk falls on 29 April when the results of the previous night’s trap will be examined, photographed and recorded by Dave Chesmore of the University of York. Dave’s knowledge and experience is considerable and there […]

15 April 2011

Winged Skull

Moths have been part of the activities at Shandy Hall since a chance glimpse of the Allis Collection in the store at York Museum produced the idea of linking Laurence Sterne and Acherontia atropos – the Death’s-head Hawk-moth. This moth, which is not a native species, is the largest moth found in the UK and […]

13 April 2011

Moth trapping at Shandy Hall

The list of moth species on the right has been compiled by Dave Chesmore and contains all the moth species we have identified in the gardens at Shandy Hall, Coxwold. Traps have been set using mercury vapour lights and have been positioned in three different locations over the last five years – the formal garden, […]

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