Saturday, July 04, 2009

Moths and butterflies of Formby Point.

This small grass moth was find of the day . It is Crambus pratella and it is the first confirmed record of this moth in Lancashire.

Painted lady larvae were found at several places amongst the dunes which is what you would expect after the invasion in the spring. This larva was feeding on comfrey whilst others were on spear thistle.

My first gatekeeper of the year

This leaf mine was on horse chestnut. You can see 2 mines which have the larva of Cameraria ohridella, the horse chestnut leaf miner. It is only a recent colonist to the UK which is rapidly spreading north from where it was first found in Wimbledon in 2002

Feeding signs of Mompha sturnipennella on rosebay willowherb

adult Cinnabar moth. Thousands of black and orange larva were feeding on ragwort.

Six spot burnet

1 comment:

Mick G said...

Great photographs,esp" the Gatekeeper,very impressed.I was told "Seaforth" had been bulldozed,glad to see its still in existence.Left the area a long time ago,used to "watch" the Kirkby-Rainford-Bickerstaffe area.Good Luck, Mick G