Thursday, 16 July 2015

Still looking for that one thing....


During July I save my holidays so I don't have to work the evenings, the students are all finished and the building is quiet.

The weather has been better than the weather man said a little to hot sometimes. 
Making the effort to get out I have been hoping to come across a Butterfly I have not seen before, even a Painted lady would do, a great prise would be a hummingbird moth, which my OH said he thought he saw one in the garden! not to sure about that..

I've been up on the moor amongst the Bracken and found a new wild flower ,watched two Broad-Bodied Chaser fight over one of the last pools filled with water, something worth fighting over.

I've found another place to visit, a old landfill site, now full of  wild flowers. Know as the quarry, the place is teaming with Meadow Browns, Ringlets and Skippers, and now all the burnet's are out adding a splash of colour. 

The moth trap has been out one more time this week, the evening was cool so the numbers were down, but still some nice finds.

Bog Asphodel

Bell Heather
Broad-Bodied Chaser

I liked this photo, as I could see right over to Leeds and further in the background you can see Ferrybridge power station, 34 miles away!

Angle Shades Moth

Dark Arches

Bramble flowers
Rosebay Willowherb
After reading Louise post all about Rosebay Willowherb I had to go find some and have a look, there was plenty at the quarry as well as Knapweed.

 Knapweed. and seven spot ladybird.

Empty lava cases of the Burnet moth, they look like a small alien has burst free..




The Skippers were been bothered by a parasitic wasp.





Hope you all have a lovely weekend and find something you are looking for...



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  1. Hello Amanda, I love the Broad-bodied Chase. And the wildflowers are lovely. Cool captures of the moths! Great post, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thanks Eileen, it was great to watch the chaser, once they settle down you can get quite close to them. Glad you like the moth photos been trying to capture them in a different way... Have a lovely weekend
      Amanda xx

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  2. Great finds and brilliant photos! Glad you like reading about the rosebay willowherb. It's not just rosebay that the EH moths feed on, I think it's all willowherbs - the caterpillars in my blog post were on great willowherb, which is also flowering now.

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    1. Thanks Louise, At the park there was not many rosebay will.. but there is a huge patch of Great will.. so will have a look on them to day.
      Amanda xx

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  3. I loved seeing your nature walk discoveries! I came across your blog and am glad I stopped in for a peek....it's lovely!

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    1. Hello Janice, and welcome to my blog, so glad you like the photos and I do hope you will pop by again...
      Amanda xx

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  4. An enjoyable nature walk Amanda, the wildflowers & the BB Chaser are so beautiful :-) I also enjoyed the view towards Ferrybridge power station as I can see it (along with Drax 1 & 2) from the western edge of the Wolds. Indeed on good days you can see Menwith Hill and beyond!

    Hope you are well and kindest regards to all :-)

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    1. Thanks David, as we are next to Leeds/Bradford airport we are very high up which I love, but we do seem to get our own weather here different to even a mile down the road. I'm hoping work will let me leave the moth trap out one night as it's so open, it would be interesting to see what I got.
      I get to see some good views in this area. Menwith Hill is one of my favourite areas, coming over the hill and seeing the "Golf balls" is wonderful.
      Amanda xx

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  5. A lovely selection of wildlife Amanda - so good to see all the wildflowers and the Broad-bodied Chaser :) Angle Shades is one of my favourite moths although I don't trap many here. The quarry sounds another good place to visit :)

    Have a lovely weekend and good luck if you put your moth trap out again :)

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    1. Thanks RR, did just put the light on last night as it gave the chance of thunderstorms, had good numbers coming in before I switched it of, a few I have not seen before. Very hard to catch though, could do with a head torch so my hands are free. Looking at Twitter this morning I wish I had left it out as everyone was showing of what they had caught.!

      Hoping to get to all the places I visit this weekend and do the Butterfly survey for each one as that starts to day.
      Been looking at churches , Otley Parish church just down the road from me has been getting involved with Yorkshire wildlife trust so going to check it out this next week.
      Have a lovely weekend...
      Amanda xx

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    2. I had to bring mine in Saturday night as heavy rain was forecast - but I had already trapped a Small Magpie Moth which was new for the year. I never thought about using a head torch - a great idea :) We have one somewhere... I remember sitting a geology exam once and we told to bring in torches to examine specimens and one guy came in wearing a head torch which he wore the whole time. I had a very difficult time controlling the giggles!!!! :)

      Have done one Butterfly Survey in the garden but will try and do more there and elsewhere. Glad to hear you have found a churchyard close by - hope its good for flowers and look forward to reading about it. I've remembered one about 20 mins from home that's good for butterflies and mentioned on the Warks Living churchyard/WLT websites so will try and visit that soon.

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    3. Have had realy low numbers of moths this week, might be the wind and colder evenings, had more luck just putting the light out and going round with the torch, catching ones I have not seen before. Hope Mandy gets chance to use her's this week.

      Still not sure how it all works "Twitter" do I acknowledge people that have re-tweeted a Tweet ? do you get some odd people following you ? that are really not interested in moths etc..
      Sorry to keep asking loads of questions...
      Amanda xx

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  6. It is sooo frustrating when you don't see what you've been hoping for, I sympathise. Haven't had any angle shades here yet. Had the small version only, so it was lovely to see yours. Hope the weather is just right for flutter spotting and you get to see a new one this weekend xx

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    1. Thanks CT, I have to look at this way, if I was sat in front of a TV I would see nothing !
      Amanda xx

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  7. Lovely flower images Amanda. I have seen a couple of Hummingbird Moths this year.
    No luck with a Painted Lady sighting though.

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    1. Thanks Roy, I would love to see a Hummingbird Moth...
      Amanda xx

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    2. Thanks Roy, I would love to see a Hummingbird Moth...
      Amanda xx

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  8. Wonderful mothy and flutterby photos!! Glad that you are getting to enjoy the summer evenings! xx

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    1. Thanks Amy, hope you and your family are ok, glad you likes the photos...
      Amanda xx

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  9. You have such a good eye for spotting things Amanda. Some lovely photos - loved the one of the burnet moth. I have had a couple of hummingbird moths in the garden which I was thrilled about.

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    1. Thanks Elaine, becoming very envious of other peoples sightings of hummingbird moths...
      Amanda xx

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  10. Fantastic photo of the Chaser. I would have liked to go for a nature walk today but it's just been so windy - hopeless for photography. I'll just have to enjoy yours instead. x

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    1. Thanks Julie, think this has been a very windy year, butterflies all hankered down out of the wind, and yes bad for photography!!
      Amanda xx

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  11. Great photos. I love the wildflowers especially the Rosebay Willowherb.

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    1. Thanks Deb, it really is a lovely flower and should be loved more I think...
      Amasnda xx

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  12. Super photos as usual Amanda. Sorry I'm only just catching up on your posts, I've been extremely busy lately and I'm only just getting back online. Hope you're well x

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    1. Thanks Ian, glad you are OK..
      Amanda xx

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  13. Lovely photos and great finds! Agree about the aliens left behind when the burnet moths eclose. We have some kind of willowherb that grows round here, but not as brightly coloured and stunning as the Rosebay WH. I did spend ages searching in amongst it for elephant hawkmoth caterpillars last year, but no luck! xx

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    1. Thanks Mandy, I must have looked at every Willowherb plant I can find over the past week but no luck so far... as I have read a later comment I know you get to see your Elephant moth :)))
      Amanda xx

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  14. Your photo of the Burnet larva case is terrific, Amanda. We saw full ones plus caterpillars plus moths all in the same tiny patch at Snape Maltings last w/e when we did the Butterfly Count. Thank you so much for your tips on my insect houses. I need to have a think about morning sun and also whether to mount the houses (which would make it easier to keep an eye on the holes!). Did you add any bits of grass etc., I wonder? I added quite a bit of garden debris ... twigs, leaves etc. ... to my ladybird house, which had a hollow inside. These holes are so tiny in comparison ...

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    1. Hi Caroline, attached houses head hight on the wall, we were lucky enough to have Red mason bees all ready using a hole in the walls, did not add anything to the homes as the bees will do that, all I did was add more flowers for them to feed on, there is also open soil which they used to plug up their holes, not sure is it's a bit late now for mason bees, but you might get some queen bees wanting to over winter. You will have to let me know how you get on.
      Amanda xx

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