Cromwell Bottom

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Moths & Bats Saturday 30 th August 2014

Moths and Bats

A successful evening was had on the reserve with 51 adults and children. Robin Dalton Countryside Manager gave an excellent introduction to bats for the youngsters. I am sure I speak for many in Thanking Robin for so unassumingly giving his time into the small hours and helping with the prep work in conjunction with CBWG  in making the event a well attended an interesting evening and Calderdale are fortunate in having such a committed Ranger on the Team . Thanks also goes to local naturalist Andy Cockroft whose expertise is much valued and appreciated . and CBWG who together with FEET (Freshwater Environment ecology Trust ) are the main stakeholder groups furthering various aims and conservation of the reserve


Weather  Dry 14 o C  70 % Humidity Dry 30th August 2014  10:00am -  1:15 am  Newt Corner

Mothing began early however one of the main problems with running traps is the main waves of Moths come in from about 10.00 pm onward and therefore dont lend well to open events due the lateness of such events

It is hoped that future event might involve morning sessions where the nights catch may be reviewed and  also more hands on engagement for youngsters via Wine Roping and Sugaring !!

Here are some of the finds that followed throughout the evening . Some early visitors to the trap included a Birch Shieldbug and a number of Caddis flies associated with the nearby water , these can be identified with difficulty but are often easier done from the ornate stone larval cocoons made from fine stone and grit. By far the commonest moth of the evening was the Large Yellow Underwing which arrived in numbers 12 early in the evening . An aproxmate total of 25 species where recorded 

Various Questions Presented

What is the difference between Moths and Butterflies

What Do they Eat 

How do They Navigate 

What Kind of Trap is it


Species Accounts Link to UK Moths for more information

2117 Autumnal Rustic 22251

Orange Sallow

It prefers damp woodland and marshy areas, and the larvae feed on sallow (Salix) and aspen (Populus tremula).
Common White Wave 32529

Common Carpet 17839

A common species in most of Britain, occupying damp woodland, heathland and marshy places. It is quite variable, with the relatively frequent ab. flavescens having the darker markings almost absent.

Sallow 32469

ab. flavescens

Sallow 32475

Flounced Rustic 32415
2176 Antler Moth 10276

A common and remarkably variable species, which is found throughout Britain in a wide range of habitats.There are two broods, flying in May and June, and again from August to October, sometimes later.

Common Marble 32399

Bat Links

Common Pipestrelle ( Pipistrellis pipistrellis )
Daubenton's Bat (Myotis daubentonii).  

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