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The Teme Valley Wildlife Group is a local group of wildlife enthusiasts, living and working within the Teme Valley (North & South) area, of Worcestershire, UK. This area covers the River Teme from Ludlow to Clifton and either side of the valley, the center point being Upper Rochford and a 10 mile radius thereof (roughly!). The Outer Area therefore Clockwise is Clee>Cleobury>Abberley>Martley>Bromyard>Leominster>Bircher>Ludlow>Clee...and hence therefore includes some small parts of the Worcestershire border areas of both Shropshire to the North-West and Herefordshire to the West and South-West.
This site has fast become the biological recording center for the Teme Valley, which by use of ‘eyes and ears’ of local people living and working in the area, has developed into a definitive reference catalogue, showing the diversity of species we have present in our area.
We actively encourage local participation within the Group and on this web site. We want to know what you are seeing and hearing on the wildlife front in our area and welcome any comments, information or photographs you take, from locals and visitors alike.
We will endeavour to update this site at least weekly when ever possible.
All photos on this site are by Danny Arnold (DMA) unless otherwise credited. All photos remain copyright of the photographer.
No re-publication without express permission. Web masters may freely link to this site.
The Teme Valley Wildlife Group holds a Monthly Meeting on the second Thursday of the Month. The Venue is Rochford Village Hall between 7:30 and 9:30 pm. Grid Ref: SO 6338 6770 or Google Earth ....52.18'22.44 N 2.32'18.33 W.
Want directions with a map?..click here. Post Code : WR15 8SW
Everybody is most welcome to indoor meetings. £2 on the door. Membership is optional, £2 per annum
2013 Monthly Speakers Calendar
|2013||Andrew Mawby||The secret life of the Dipper|
|2013||Mike Averill||Dragonflies of Worcestershire|
|2013||Harry Green||The ecology of Ant Hills ......... (Also the AGM)|
|2013||Glynn Barrett||Clee Hill & Novers Wood|
|2013||Janet Maxwell-Stewart||Plantlife : Speaking up for wild plants|
|2013||Stuart Edmunds||The Shropshire Pine Martens|
|2013||James Hitchcock||Reserves on our doorstep - Pennels Bank Wood & Hanley Dingle|
The Alpine Marmot Project
|November||14th||2013||John Robinson||Between two Bridges - Wildlife of the River Severn|
2013 Monthly Nature Walk Calendar
|No Walk Planned|
|No Walk Planned|
|Oldwood Common taking in Berrington Mill|
|Neen Solars along the River Rea|
|Clee Hill/Nordy Bank|
No Walk Planned
|No Walk Planned|
|No Walk Planned|
Other Upcoming TVWG Events in 2013
|April||2013||Orchard Survey||Hunt for the Mistletoe Marble Moth in a local Apple Orchard|
|Apr -> Sept||TBC||2013||1st Friday of the Month||Monthly Moth trapping night|
|Apr -> Sept||TBC||2013||Dormouse Survey||Assist reserve manager with evaluating dormouse boxes|
|June||26th||2013||Evening Walk||At Birchfield Meet 7:30pm|
|September ->||TBC||2013||Dormouse - Nut Hunt||Looking for signs of Dormice in local woods|
|September||21st||2013||Annual fundraising evening||
Wildlife & Wines of Worcs & surrounding counties
Knighton on Teme Parish Rooms 7:30pm
NEW !!........We are now on Flickr:
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12 November Over on Oldwood Common, John Abbiss found this interesting Spider amongst some wood he was chopping. And on the Common itself, John photographed this collection of fungi, which includes a couple of waxcap species.
Spider - Anybody give us the ID ? Photo: John Abbiss
Grassland Waxcap species Photo: John Abbiss
Grassland Waxcap species Photo: John Abbiss
Pink Waxcap Photo: John Abbiss
Grassland Waxcap species Photo: John Abbiss
Ken Willetts sent in this photo from last night. There are two very similar species which cannot be identified by picture alone. So, this is either Winter Moth or Northern Winter Moth.
Winter Moth or Northern Winter Moth Photo: Ken Willetts
11 November A couple more photos from Ken Willetts. The moths were trapped recorded and released last night and the Robin was in the garden this morning. Both moths are common at this time of year. Angle Shades is a master of disguise. looking like a dried leaf. The December Moth is one of only a few moth species flying at this time of year. It is protected by a thick covering of scales. The Robin has been paying close attention to the moth trap of late!
Robin Photo: Ken Willetts
Angle Shades Photo: Ken Willetts
December Moth Photo: Ken Willetts
8 November Ken Willetts had this nice moth in his light trap last night. The Sprawler moth. This moth is associated mainly with coniferous trees, which Ken indeed has in his garden on the Highwood.
The Sprawler Moth Photo: Ken Willetts
7 November Angie Hill left the porch light on this evening and returned to find these two moths settled close by. Both are common winter species in the Teme Valley, but always nice to see.
Feathered Thorn Photo: Angie Hill
Mottled Umber Photo: Angie Hill
And talking Moths, Geoff Wookey trapped a tiny micro moth back on April 13th this year. It was kept for dissection and positive identification by Danny Arnold who confirmed it as A.purpurea. Geoff subsequently sent the record to his Shropshire moth recorder who confirmed that this was only the second record for Shropshire of this species, the first record being over 60 years ago in 1948! Great record Geoff.
691 Agonopterix purpurea Photo: Geoff Wookey
5 November Geoff Wookey reports seeing his first Cormorant of the year on the pool at Ashbed Woods today.
4 November Margaret Bradley made a tentative sighting last night of a possible Long Eared Owl in the Eastham area. This is definitely worth keeping an eye out for.
Danny Arnold had a female Sparrowhawk fly over his patch at Upper Rochford today.
3 November Caroline Roseman downloaded a host of pictures from her camera, taken over the last couple of months. Starting with this stunning sunset image from her house.
Sunset at Lower Rochford Photo: Caroline Roseman
Then came these beetles. Thanks go to Harry Green who Identified them as an Oil Beetle , Possibly Meloe rugosus and a member of the Devils Coach Horse beetle group Staphylinus (Platydrachus) stercorarius
Meloe rugosus Photo: Caroline Roseman
Staphylinus (Platydrachus) stercorarius Photo: Caroline Roseman
And then this Cricket. There were a lot of these seen around the Teme Valley this year. Several of the bug hunts carried out locally reported them. (Harry Green - ID)
Long Winged Cone head Cricket Photo: Caroline Roseman
Then we had some mixed Lepidoptera. I'm afraid we haven't ID'd the Caterpillar or Chrysalis case, but the butterflies and Moths were great to see, even if they did leave it till late on in the summer to appear!
Caterpillar Photo: Caroline Roseman
Chrysalis Photo: Caroline Roseman
Comma Butterfly Photo: Caroline Roseman
Common Blue Butterfly Photo: Caroline Roseman
Peacock Butterfly Photo: Caroline Roseman
And this Photograph shows really well the size difference and wing patterning differences between two very similar butterflies, the Gate Keeper and Meadow Brown Butterflies.
Gate Keeper and Meadow Brown Butterflies Photo: Caroline Roseman
Lots of these moths around this year in the Teme Valley. A migrant moth, the Silver Y. Showing clearly how it got its name.
Silver Y Moth Photo: Caroline Roseman
And Finally Caroline says this is a Queen Bumble Bee.
Queen Bumble Bee Photo: Caroline Roseman
1 November Jim MacDonald sent in another moth photograph from the porch light. This time it is of the stunning Angle Shades moth i
Angle Shades Moth Photo : Jim MacDonald
31 October Jim MacDonald sent in this shot of a moth perched high up on the gable end of his house wall under a security light. Jim correctly identified this as a Red Underwing.
Red Underwing Moth Photo : Jim MacDonald
28 October Danny Arnold had a flock of circa 30 Redwing fly over the house today. The first flock of the year.
25 October Pete Stevens reported a flock of circa 50 Lapwing on the fields at Eastham Bridge today. Great to see these birds back.
20 October Chris Peacock arrived home yesterday to find o pile of feathers on the lawn. Then this morning, he noticed another pile, but this time with a female Sparrowhawk in the middle of them! Chris says he watched the bird for about 15 minutes systematically plucking the pigeon it had brought down.
18 October Geoff Wookey had some good news today. On the August 25th he trapped in his moth trap over night Yponomeuta plumbella. The info was sent to his county (Shropshire) moth recorder and it turn s out that it was only the second ever county record for that species. Further more, on the 2nd August he recorded a Dusky Plume moth, which turns out to be the first ever Shropshire record away from the Stiperstones
17 October At Wolferlow, Stuart Smith sent in this list from his recent walk around his patch. Great Spotted and Green woodpeckers, two Redwings and two Mistle Thrushes guarding hawthorn supplies, four Little Grebes, two Teal, a Jay, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, ten Yellowhammers, two Meadow Pipits, a Mute Swan and then a large powerful raptor over the garden in the shape of a Goshawk! Great list Stuart !
15 October And whilst she is on a roll, Simone Arnold sent in another picture of another plume moth she found in the house today. This time it is the most common of all the plume moths in our area, Emmelina monodactyla the larvae of which feed on Bindweed. Again, this adult will over winter and reappear in the spring.
1524 Emmelina monodactyla Photo : Simone Arnold
14 October At Clifton on Teme, Simone Arnold sent in this photo of a small Plume moth. She says it was flying around the kitchen for a couple of days before she managed to photograph it. It is Amblyptilia punctidactyla. The larvae feed on the flowers and unripened seeds of Woundwort amongst other things. The moth flies in two generations. This latest generation will hibernate over winter and reappear in the spring.
1498 Amblyptilia punctidactyla Photo : Simone Arnold
13 October Over at Boraston, Geoff Wookey had A flock of 17 Redwing landing in one of his trees this morning. That was a first of the year for him. Talking of firsts, He also had firsts for the year of Merveille de Jour, Feathered Thorn and November Moth agg last night in the moth trap.
10 October At Martley, Angie Hill sent in this lovely image of a Silver Y moth nactaring at a thistle. The Silver Y is a migrant moth but we also have out own indigenous UK strain. At certain times of the year, there can be large influxes of this species from the near continent.
Silver Y Moth Photos: Angie Hill
9 October At Menith Wood today, David Evans reported a Red Kite above his house. The first record of this bird for a month or so. And at Lindridge Church, Pete & Vicki Stevens came across this colourful caterpillar, complete with white tufts and bright pink tail. This is the larvae of the Pale Tussock Moth.
Pale Tussock Moth Caterpillar Photos: Vicki Stevens
And at Upper Rochford, Danny Arnold trapped and recorded the first Merveille de Jour moth of the autumn. A stunning black and green moth that must surely be one of the UK's most spectacular moth species.
Merveille de Jour Photo: Danny Arnold
8 October An interesting intruder last night. Ken Willetts came to empty his moth trap from last night and found a very fat and contented Wren had found its way into the moth trap. Needless to say, there weren't many moths left!. It was released unharmed and no worse for its temporary imprisonment! The picture is taken through the perspex slides in the moth trap.
Wren in the moth trap Photo: Ken Willetts
No Wrens in the trap for Geoff Wookey who recorded his first Red Line Quaker and Yellow Line Quaker moths of the year. He also recorded this stunning Green Brindled Crescent, which if you compare with the one trapped by Ken Willetts on the 4th October (below), you can see just how variable in colour this species can be. Geoff also trapped a Vestal, the first record for the Teme Valley this year, and again, another Migrant moth species.
Green Brindled Crescent Photo: Geoff Wookey
Geoff also reports over on recently ploughed fields near Ashbed Wood there's been a flock of around 200 to 250 mixed gulls. They are about 50:50 Herring and Lesser Black-backed but there are a few Great Black-backed thrown in as well. Also at Ashbed Woods, he also reports large numbers of Hornets being about. Several others have written in saying that they too are seeing a lot of Hornets about this year. He also saw 6 Mistle Thrush in the field next to the garden the other day
And, talking about Hornets, Margaret Bradley at Knighton on Teme took a photo of a Hornet feeding on an over ripe apple, and a Comma Butterfly basking in the remaining heat of the autumn sun.
Hornet on rotting fruit Photo: Margaret Bradley
Comma Butterfly Photo: Margaret Bradley
7 October And another migrant moth for Ken Willetts. Last night he trapped and recorded the large Dark Sword Grass moth.
Dark Swordgrass Moth Photo: Ken Willetts
6 October At Boraston, Geoff Wookey took these images of a pair of Grey Wagtail making use of the water facilities in Geoff's garden. A nice garden record.
Greywagtail 1 Photo: Geoff Wookey
Greywagtail 2 Photo: Geoff Wookey
Well, the migrant birds may not yet be here, but the migrant moths have arrived. Ken Willetts sent in this photo of a Rush Veneer moth, a migrant from the near continent.
Rush Veneer Moth Photo: Ken Willetts
5 October Ken Willetts sent in this nice shot of another typically autumnal species of moth. The very appropriately named Red Green Carpet Moth
Red Green Carpet Moth Photo: Ken Willetts
At Clifton, Simone Arnold sent in these two images from her garden. A large Orb Spider and a Pied Wagtail which she says she hasn't seen for several months. So a nice sighting!
Garden Orb Spider Photo: Simone Arnold
Pied Wagtail Photo: Simone Arnold
4 October John Abbiss had a flock of circa 40 Linnets fly over and land on Oldwood Common today. Meantime, Sallyann Williams at their site in Great Witley, found these new fungi species on their patch recently.
The underside structure of fungi can help with identification Photo: Sallyann Williams
A grassland species of fungi Photo: Sallyann Williams
A Boletus species of fungi Photo: Sallyann Williams
The spongy under side of the Boletus group of fungi Photo: Sallyann Williams
On the Highwood, Ken Willetts trapped and recorded these autumnal moth species over night
Center Barred Sallow Photo : Ken Willetts
Feathered Thorn Photo : Ken Willetts
688 Agonopterix Heracliana Photo : Ken Willetts
Green Brindled Crescent Photo : Ken Willetts
3 October Ken Willetts on the Highwood had his moth trap out last night taking advantage of the warm evening. He was rewarded with these three typical autumnal species.
Beaded Chestnut Photo : Ken Willetts
Lunar Underwing Photo : Ken Willetts
Common Wainscot Photo : Ken Willetts
1 October John Abbiss reported a small flock of Fieldfares flying over Oldwood Common today. First reported in the Teme Valley this year.
30 September Chris Peacock reported two sightings of a Kingfisher on the River Teme today. One at Little Hereford and one at the Temeside Inn bridge. It could be the same bird, but non the less, great records for a species that has had a hard time of late.
23 September Chris Mussell has some young Chiffchaff in the garden. Presumably this years off spring. (Confirmation ID by Steve Whitehouse - Birdguides)
Chiffchaff Photos : Chris Mussell
21 September John Abbiss reports Swallows still present on Oldwood Common today. And Tony Thompson was out in the garden today at Hope Bagot when he noticed 4 tiny Grass Snakes lying on top of the compost heap. They were all about 6 or 7 inches long. Grass Snakes are very much attracted to Compost heaps as they generate heat.
Tiny Grass Snakes on a compost heap Photo : Tony Thompson
16 September Brian Marsh sent in this photo of a large fungi conglomeration which appeared over night on his patch. Any warmth in the autumn air together with damp conditions will likely start fungal spores sprouting.
Fungi appearing over night Photo : Brian Marsh
15 September At Upper Rochford over night, this distinctive Tortrix moth came to Danny Arnold's light trap. A late Summer - Autumn flying species, 1062 Acleris emargana is dependant on Sallows, Willows and Birch, on which the larvae feed. So its presence in the Teme Valley is not unexpected with so much of the food plants about.
1062 Acleris emargana Photo : Danny Arnold
14 September Two light traps from opposite sides of the valley trapped and recorded five moth species new in for the year that scream 'Autumn is here!' All five of these moth species are harbingers of this season taken by Geoff Wookey at Boraston and Danny Arnold at Rochford.
Frosted Orange Photo : Geoff Wookey
Black Rustic Photo : Geoff Wookey
Lunar Underwing Photo : Geoff Wookey
Pink Barred Sallow Photo : Danny Arnold
Brown Spotted Pinion Photo : Danny Arnold
12 September Angie Hill at Martley sent in this photo of an insect from the Teme Valley Wildlife Group Moth trap she was using. This time, it was not a moth, but one of the very many caddis fly species we get in the UK. Like moths, they readily come to light and are often found in moth traps.
Caddis Fly Photo : Angie Hill
At Geoff Wookey's moth trap at Boraston, he recorded this micro moth species over night. Eudonia angustea is often associated with coastal areas, but we do rather well for this species in the Teme Valley where it appears to be more associated with mosses.
1342 Eudonia angustea Photo : Geoff Wookey
10 September Carina Sylvester sent in this photo, taken by her Brother whilst working at Matthews Tree Nursery, of an Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar which he dug up. The larvae of this large moth burrow themselves below ground and then pupate next spring, emerging as fully grown adult moths.
Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar Photo : Carina Sylvester
9 September Allen Hunt had a Hummingbird Hawk Moth in his garden today.
8 September It looks like there might be another hard winter on the cards this year. There is a lot of fruit on the trees and the Elderberry has masses of fruit and the Oaks are laden down with acorns. These photos taken by Danny Arnold at Rochford.
Elderberries Photo : Danny Arnold
Plenty of acorns this year Photo : Danny Arnold
6 September Over on the Highwood, Ken Willetts sent in these two butterfly shots. There has been a late resurgence of the Speckled Wood Butterflies as they make the most of the late summer sun and Ken has also photographed one of the few migrant Painted Ladies seen this year in the area.
Painted Lady Butterfly Photo : Ken Willetts
Speckled Wood Butterfly Photo : Ken Willetts
And nothing to do with wildlife, just a nice shot of a rainbow as the rain was passing over Rochford today.
Rainbow Photo : Danny Arnold
5 September At Stanford Bridge, Chris Mussell reported circa 150 Swallows on the wires yesterday. Today, they have gone. Presumably it was a flock waiting to go south for the winter.
And at Danny Arnold's light trap at Upper Rochford, this tiny micro moth, the Skin Moth Monopis laevigella came in. This species is often found in and around birds nest where the female often lays eggs in the detritus of the nest.
227 Skin Moth Monopis laevigella Photo : Danny Arnold
Also in for Danny Arnold, came this Mouse Moth, not the first for the Teme Valley, as Geoff Wookey trapped one last year, but a first for the SO66 10km square which encompasses much of the Teme Valley in Worcestershire. This moth, whilst widespread, is seldom reported or seen.
Mouse Moth Photo : Danny Arnold
4 September Three weeks ago at Upper Rochford, Danny Arnold found a juvenile Male Buzzard flapping helplessly about in one of his Orchards. The bird was weak and had a severe discharge coming from its mouth. Danny took the bird to Roy Fowler, at the Worcester Barn Owl Trust, who with the help of a local vet, nursed the bird miraculously back to health. Today, Roy brought the bird back to the Orchard at Upper Rochford for release. As can be seen from the photos, the young bird was back to full health ready for release and not a bit impressed with being handled. Roy's expertise without doubt saved this young birds life which was suffering from a worm infection in the mouth called Capilliariasis which would have eventually killed the bird as it would not have been able to feed. A great result for this bird thanks to the professional and diligent efforts of Roy Fowler.
Male Buzzard about to be released Photos : Danny Arnold
And at Frith Common, Vicki Stevens photographed this freshly prepared Cocoon on the window. The caterpillar inside is presumably going to over winter and emerge as a moth (or butterfly) in the spring.
Cocoon on window pane Photos : Vicki Stevens
3 September At Burford, Tom Blumer sent in this great photo of a Male Sparrowhawk posing just outside the window at their house. The bird was far more intent on watching the 'dinner choices' on the bird feeder than it was in Tom's wife, Pauline, taking the photo. A great garden record Tom.
Male Sparrowhawk Photos : Pauline Blumer
And another Sparrowhawk photo from further down the Valley at Newnham Bridge. This time it is a Female bird photographed by Sue Wilkinson. Sue said that the bird spent a couple of hours perched in the tree as if dazed, before flying off. Maybe it had flown into a glass window?
Female Sparrowhawk Photos : Sue Wilkinson
Ken Willetts was out in his garden today and came across this Hummingbird Hawk Moth. This is a migrant moth which comes in from the near continent. It has the ability to hover and whilst keeping its body stationary, extend its elongated tongue to feed on nectar from suitable flowers. These shots Ken has captured are all the more remarkable as the wing beats at a speed far faster than the eye can see and clearly shows the insect taking nectar from the flowers.
Hummingbird Hawk Moth Photos : Ken Willetts
2 September Performing a rescue act with his Mom Caroline, Gerald Roseman at Lower Rochford managed to help untangle and free this Southern Hawker dragonfly from some serious cobwebs in one of their barns. Gerald said that after it had briefly posed for the photos, it flew away apparently none the worse for its ordeal.
Southern Hawker Dragonfly Photos : Gerald Roseman
1 September A couple of photos sent in by John Abbiss over at his home on Oldwood Common. A Wasp taking in nectar and a Silver Y moth basking in the sun.
A Wasp taking Nectar Photo : John Abbiss
Silver Y Moth Photo : John Abbiss
31 August Its official ! The beetle that Angie Hill found near her moth trap at Martley at the beginning of the month (see the entry for the 3rd August below), has been confirmed by Buglife and experts from Oxford University as the first record in the UK for the European rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes nasicornis) This is not to be confused with the Lesser Stag Beetle which is also sometimes called the Rhino Beetle. This European beetle is associated with dead wood on the continent but the UK is just outside its usual territory. Its not known if this huge beetle is a single individual or if Angie has come across the first UK colony. It is interesting to note however that the mud seen on the beetle is quite fresh indicating it had recently been in the ground. Another great record for the Teme Valley Wildlife and a great personal record for Angie!
European rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes nasicornis) Photo : Angie Hill
At Clifton, Simone Arnold came across this newly fledged bird in the garden which was drinking at her pond. Simone believes it to be a Chiffchaff
Fledgling Chiffchaff Photo : Simone Arnold
And two slightly uncommon moth species came to Ken Willetts light trap last night. This Garden Pebble moth which can sometimes be considered a pest in gardens and the rather plain Small Wainscot the larvae of which feed in the stems of sedges.
Garden Pebble Moth Photo : Ken Willetts
Small Wainscot Photo : Ken Willetts
From the Light Trap at Upper Rochford, Danny Arnold recorded this tiny micro moth 460 Ypsolopha parenthasella. The larvae feed on Oak and Hazel, hence this species is fairly common in low numbers across the Teme Valley area.
460 Ypsolopha parenthasella Photo : Danny Arnold
30 August Jim MacDonald recorded this impressive moth at his Ludlow home last night. It is a female Treble Bar and extremely scarce in the Teme Valley. We could only find one other record of this species from Ludlow dating back to the late 1970's, so this makes this record a very important find. Jim also came across the Feathered Gothic moth, of which there are a good number about this year and also photographed the first instar of the Harlequin ladybird on some Rosebay Willowherb.
Female Treble Bar Photo : Jim MacDonald
The Feathered Gothic Moth Photo : Jim MacDonald
The Harlequin Ladybird 1st instar Photos : Jim MacDonald
At Martley, Angie Hill photographed this Southern Hawker Dragonfly which got attracted to her friends orange coloured shirt.
Southern Hawker Photo : Angie Hill
And a moth from Ken Willetts light trap on the Highwood. This is Small Square Spot, a species which is in past years, been very common in the area. This year however, numbers are significantly down.
Small Square Spot Photo : Ken Willetts
Ken also sent in some Wild Flower Shots from his patch using a black background which helps show off the true beauty of these plants.
............................. Photo : Ken Willetts
Convolvulus Photo : Ken Willetts
Lords and Ladies Photo : Ken Willetts
Deadly Nightshade Photo : Ken Willetts
Scarlet Pimpernel Photo : Ken Willetts
At Great Witley, Sallyann Williams identified these two grassland species on her patch.
Dark Bush Cricket Photo : Sallyann Williams
Woodland Grasshopper Photo : Sallyann Williams
And at their home at Clifton, Simone Arnold says that the Sunflowers she has been growing for the birds to feed on in winter is also providing a brilliant nectaring ground for many insects including a myriad of bees.
Bees on Sunflower Photo : Simone Arnold
29 August On his daily walk around Ashbed Woods at Boraston, Geoff Wookey noted a big increase in the number of Speckled Wood Butterflies about this morning. He also came across four Common Blues. Geoff also posted this video to YouTube. Click the Hedgehog photo below to start the video. Geoff took this with a camera trap in the garden last night.
Hedgehog in the garden video (click the photo to run video) Photo : Geoff Wookey
From one of his light traps at Upper Rochford, Danny Arnold trapped and recorded this tiny micro moth
481 Epermenia falciformis. The adult moths are on the wing in two generations, from June to July and again in August and September.
The larvae feed on wild angelica (Angelica sylvestris) or ground-elder (Aegopodium podagraria), feeding in spun leaves or mining the stems. This is only the 15th recorded site in Worcs where this species has been found.
481 Epermenia falciformis Photo : Danny Arnold
28 August The Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner Moth is a relatively new species to the UK. It has only become apparent in the last 30 or so years, coming presumably, from the continent on imported trees. It is currently spreading northwards in the UK at some rate and is already well established in the Teme Valley. The mines made on the leaf are very distinctive as can be seen below from the photo taken by Danny Arnold of the leaves on the trees at Burford Church. Ken Willetts also trapped the moth last night, which is literally just starting to emerge from pupation.
Horse Chestnut Leaf being Mined Photo : Danny Arnold
Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner Moth Photo : Ken Willetts
Jim MacDonald sent in this photo of a Poplar Hawk moth he found in the porch entrance to his Guest House in Ludlow.
Poplar Hawk Moth Photo : Jim MacDonald
At Boraston, the garden pool Geoff Wookey put in two years ago is already full of breeding newts, as testified to by these new offspring. These are Common or Smooth Newts.
Common or Smooth Newts Photo : Geoff Wookey
27 August The Teme Valley Wildlife Group put up a display board at the Burford Church open Weekend held over these last three days. The one set of boards had a wildlife quiz which some of you entered. Nobody got all the questions right, but we ended up with two joint winners. Well done Carol Rust and Claire Ritchie for both getting 7 out of 10 right. This was closely followed by The Yates family who managed 6 out of 10. Neither Carol nor Claire managed to get the correct number of moths right, hiding on the tree in the tie break question. And we couldn't give it to either as an outright winner, for being the 'nearest', as they had both guessed the same number of 11. There were in fact 27 moths on the tree.
Here are the full answers: Well done to everyone that entered!!
Common Blue Damselfly (d) Little Egret (b) Painted Lady (d)
Moorhen (a) Nuthatch (c) Rudd (e)
Stonechat (e) Feathered Thorn (c) Kestrel (d)
Pale Tussock (a) 27 moths
At Danny Arnold's light trap at Upper Rochford last night, this Gold Spot moth came in. Not especially common in the Teme Valley, there are a few records every year, the larvae are quite gregarious feeding on a variety of plants usually in a damp habitat.
Gold Spot Photo : Danny Arnold
26 August Over at Boraston, Geoff Wookey had some important moth records overnight. Did they all come down off the Clee Hill? They included the Chevron Moth. This is a 'first' for the Teme Valley and is almost certainly a first for Geoff's 10km square which is predominantly in Shropshire. This moth is associated usually with either woodland, of upland heath and moorland. It could have easily come down to Geoff's light trap off the Clee Hills.
Chevron Photo : Geoff Wookey
The Lychnis is another upland species and whilst it has been recorded before in the Teme Valley is also another likely candidate to have come in off the Clee.
Lychnis Photo : Geoff Wookey
The Bulrush Wainscot is a moth that might be slightly out of place. The larvae as the name implies is associated with reedmace. Geoff doesn't have this in his garden pond, but this species is large and quite capable of traveling significant distances on warm evenings.
Bulrush Wainscot Photo : Geoff Wookey
Another one off the Clee perhaps? This Pale Eggar is another moth associated with heath and moorland. The Pale Eggar larvae fed on Heathers and Bilberries, which of course are on the Clee.
Pale Eggar Photo : Geoff Wookey
The Oak Hook Tip is another later autumn species. As the name implies, it is associated with the Oak Tree.
Oak Hook-tip Photo : Geoff Wookey
Ken Willetts had another 'first record' for his garden, this stunning little moth called Purple Bar. Although the bar on this particular moth is black in appearance, the more typical form is a 'purple' bar.
Purple Bar Moth Photo : Ken Willetts
And at Martley, Angie Hill sent in these photos. A crab spider, not very convincingly camouflaged! And a green Bush Cricket.
Crab Spider Photo : Angie Hill
Cricket Photo : Angie Hill
Sallyann Williams from their patch at Great Witley sent in these dragon fly and butterfly pictures from around their pools. A huge update from their patch of species noted over the last month or so.
Southern Hawker Dragonfly Photo : Sallyann Williams
Common Blue Photo : Sallyann Williams
Small Tortoiseshell Photo : Sallyann Williams
Brown Hawker Photo : Sallyann Williams
Ruddy Darter Photo : Sallyann Williams
Gatekeeper Photo : Sallyann Williams
Small Heath Photo : Sallyann Williams
Peacock Photo : Sallyann Williams
Small Red Damselfly Photo : Sallyann Williams
Small Copper Photo : Sallyann Williams
Large White Butterfly Photo : Sallyann Williams
Gatekeeper Photo : Sallyann Williams
Ringlet Photo : Sallyann Williams
Meadow Brown Photo : Sallyann Williams
Common Blue Damselfly in Cop Photo : Sallyann Williams
And finally for today, Roger & Simone sent in this picture of a Grey Squirrel from their garden at Clifton.
Grey Squirrel Photo : Simone Arnold
25 August A different insect from Ken Willetts garden. This time a Cricket on the flowers in the garden.
Cricket Photo : Ken Willetts
24 August Another moth from Danny Arnold's moth trap at Upper Rochford today is proof that autumn is on its way. This moth, the Center barred Sallow, is a sure sign that Autumn is on its way.
Center barred Sallow Photo : Danny Arnold
23 August This photograph was taken yesterday and shows Swallows in a nest built on the deck at Danny Arnold's home at Upper Rochford. They were still there at 8am this morning, but by 10am, both birds had fledged.
Swallows fledged today Photo : Danny Arnold
22 August One of most moth recorders favourite moths, 462 Ypsolopha sequella with its distinctive and tell tale rabbit motive on its back. Ken Willetts took this record at his light trap last night.
462 Ypsolopha sequella Photo : Ken Willetts
And from Danny Arnold's light trap at Upper Rochford, came this beautifully camouflaged micro moth and another of the same family as the one above. 455 Ypsolopha scabrella. The larvae feed on Apple and Hawthorn. Hence why it is so common in the Teme Valley.
455 Ypsolopha scabrella Photo : Danny Arnold
21 August Geoff Wookey was in Orleton at about 6.30 this morning on his way to Hanley Dingle to do a bird survey when he came across a rolling road block consisting of 22 Red-legged Partridge! They moved slowly ahead of the car for about 20 yards then decided to do a runner into the hedgerow. Geoff says he hasn't seen that many in his whole life let alone at one time.
No camera in the car as usual!!
At Wolferlow, Stuart Smith reports great numbers of butterflies during the last month and has recorded Small and Large White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Comma, Small Copper, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Brimstone and Green-veined White - 13 in total. Added to Orange tip and Speckled Wood earlier in the year he says its turned into a good year on his patch. No Painted Ladies seen this year though, yet.
Small Tortoiseshell Photo : Stuart Smith
20 August Simone Arnold sent this picture of a Southern Hawker Dragonfly apparently laying eggs in a plant pot. The seven spot ladybird, Simone says is the first she has seen in ages at her garden in Clifton on Teme.
Southern Hawker Dragonfly Photo : Simone Arnold
Seven Spot Ladybird Photo : Simone Arnold
19 August Ken Willetts emailed a photo in of this 1439 Trachycera advenella moth. Quite common at this time of year. The larvae feed on Hawthorn which is probably why it is so common locally. They will also feed on Rowan..
1439 Trachycera advenella Photo : Ken Willetts
18 August David Sothers emailed a note in, to say that his Nightjar is still around and that he has been seeing it frequently at dusk by the house. Great garden record David!
On the Highwood, Ken Willetts attracted this 1309 Agriphila Geniculea to his light trap. Whilst the moth is sparingly common across most of Worcestershire, it is only the third record for the Teme Valley of this species.
1309 Agriphila Geniculea Photo : Ken Willetts
17 August Pete & Vicki Stevens sent in this series of pictures from their patch at Frith Common. The first picture shows Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly caterpillars stripping a nettle plant of leaves. (Their favoured food source).
Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars Photo : Pete & Vicki Stevens
This Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar was found in the church yard at Lindridge.
Elephant hawk Moth Caterpillar Photo : Pete & Vicki Stevens
Small Copper butterfly partaking in nectar.
Small Copper Butterfly Photo : Pete & Vicki Stevens
And this Wasps nest was dug up over night on their driveway. Presumably by a Badger, the wasps spent the morning repairing the nest.
Wasps nest underground Photo : Pete & Vicki Stevens
16 August Danny Arnold trapped this tiny and colourful Caloptilia moth species last night. It is either Caloptilia robustella or Caloptilia alchimiella. They cannot be reliably separated visually. In either case, it is a rare turn up for the Teme Valley. There has only been one positive ID for robustella in the past (2012) and alchimiella has never been recorded.
Caloptilia robustella or Caloptilia alchimiella Photo : Danny Arnold
15 August Ken Willetts trapped a 1001 Lozotaeniodes formosanus moth too last night. Clearly there are a few of these moths about associated with Scotts Pine. Ken also trapped this Square Spot Rustic, a typical late summer moth found in this area.
1001 Lozotaeniodes formosanus Photo : Ken Willetts
Square Spot Rustic Photo : Ken Willetts
In his garden at Oldwood Common, John Abbiss photographed his first Painted Lady Butterfly of the year.
Painted Lady Butterfly Photo : John Abbiss
At their home in Clifton, Simone & Roger Arnold photographed this Willow Beauty Moth that was attracted to a lighted window over night.
Willow Beauty Moth Photo : Simone Arnold
14 August Dani Harris based near Frith Common borrowed one of the Groups moth traps over night and recorded the catch this morning with Danny Arnold. Dani managed to record an impressive 72 species of moth from her rural patch including this colourful micro moth 1001 Lozotaeniodes formosanus. This species is closely associated with Scotts Pine and it was noticed that there was one such tree some 30 meters away from the light trap. Not often recorded in the Teme Valley, so a great record to go with the 71 other species recorded from this 'new patch'.
1001 Lozotaeniodes formosanus Photo : Danny Arnold
Meantime at Danny Arnold's own trap at Upper Rochford, this Bordered Beauty came to light. This is quite a scarce species in the Teme Valley and only the 4th record to show up at Danny's Upper Rochford site.
Bordered Beauty Photo : Danny Arnold
And at Boraston, Rachel Packard heard a Nightjar over the way from her last night. This is the second record of this bird being heard / seen this year. David Sothers also had one at his house in Upper Rochford a few days ago. Rachel also had a Woodcock fly over and said there were several Tawny Owls calling.
At Ludlow, Jim MacDonald came across this moth, The Gothic, in his house. There are two very similar species The Gothic and the Feathered Gothic.
The Gothic Moth Photos : Jim MacDonald
12 August John Abbiss at Oldwood Common sent in these photos from his patch.
Buff Tip Moth caterpillars Photo : John Abbiss
Tree Bee on Lavender Photo : John Abbiss
11 August Joyce Horsfall sent in this photo of the skeleton of a Fox. Bizarrely, it was in the open and almost intact? She said there were no signs of it being scavenged, yet as can be seen, it had been completely stripped.
Intact Fox skeleton Photo : Joyce Horsfall
Today was the monthly walk for the Group. This photo was taken by Austin Palmer of some of the Group in Hanley Dingle, a local Worcestershire Wildlife reserve.
Hanley Dingle Photo : Austin Palmer
10 August This bout of warm weather is really pulling out some nice records for moth species in the Teme Valley. Danny Arnold trapped this black and white micro moth called Nemapogon clematella. This has a very interesting life cycle as the larvae feed on the fungus found on decaying Hazel. Ken Willetts also got in the action with the Small Square Spot moth. In previous years this has been very common. This year however, there have been very few about.
220 Nemapogon clematella Photo : Danny Arnold
Small Square Spot Photo : Ken Willetts
9 August Ken Willetts light trap is again in action. This time recording 1063 Celypha striana. It is a predominantly Southern species. The larvae feed on Dandelion, by boring into the root system of the plant.
1063 Celypha striana Photo : Ken Willetts
8 August Another fantastic Worcestershire record, let alone Teme Valley record, for Ken Willetts on the Highwood. Ken trapped this pyralid moth 1408 P.vitrealis. It is a migrant and this is the second only ever record for Worcestershire. The first record was over in the east of the County in 2011.
1408 P.vitrealis Photo : Ken Willetts
Ken also trapped this Poplar Kitten Moth. There are three 'Kitten' moths in the UK, all very similar, but just about identifiable with care.
Poplar Kitten Moth Photo : Ken Willetts
And in Simone Arnold's garden at Clifton, she managed to snap this Small Copper Butterfly nectaring on the flowers.
Small Copper Butterfly Photo : Simone Arnold
7 August Moths continue to stream in with this glorious weather. Jim MacDonald at Ludlow is self admittedly, getting very interested in the moth species in his garden. Here he sent in two photos of two seen last night. Large Emerald and the much smaller Single Dotted Wave.
Single Dotted Wave Photo : Jim MacDonald
Large Emerald Moth Photo : Jim MacDonald
At their patch in Great Witley, Sallyann Williams found this Vapourer Moth caterpillar climbing over some leaves.
Vapourer Moth caterpillar Photo : Sallyann Williams
And at Leominster, David had this stunning Magpie moth fly into the house today. This moth is not just a nocturnal moth, it can be found flying in the daytime on warm days.
Magpie Moth Photo : David Norsworthy
6 August At Oldwood Common, John Abbiss sent these photos from his garden. The Small Copper Butterfly seems to have emerged this week as several people are now reporting seeing it. John says that the Lavender in the garden is covered with Bees, which is good news and a good reason to make sure you have some planted in the garden. John's final picture shows that Autumn is not far away, with Sloes forming on the Blackthorn. e of
Small Copper Butterfly Photo : John Abbiss
Bees on Lavender Photo : John Abbiss
Sloes growing on Blackthorn Photo : John Abbiss
At Upper Rochford, David Sothers reports seeing a Nightjar flying around his house at dusk. David says it has been present for the past few evenings. David also alerted us to a conversion ring he bought for an old lens for his film camera. With the conversion ring he has been able to use an old non digital lens on his Canon DSLR camera and by turning it around with a conversion ring, make it into a macro lens. Like him, we think the resulting images are brilliant!
Lacewing Photo : David Sothers
Close up Large White Butterfly Photo : David Sothers
4 August A couple of nice photos from Ken Willetts moth trap last night. The first is Scorched Carpet. Fairly apparent as to why it got this name. The larvae feed on Spindle. The second moth is one of the Ear Moths. It is not possible to distinguish between the Ear moth and the Large Ear moth visually. So this gets recorded as Ear Moth aggregate.
Scorched Carpet Photo : Ken Willetts
Ear Moth aggregate Photo : Ken Willetts
Meantime at Lower Rochford, Caroline Roseman was out in her garden taking some photos of the wildlife on her patch.
Small Tortoiseshell Photos : Caroline Roseman
Peacock Photos : Caroline Roseman
White tailed Bumblebee Photos : Caroline Roseman
Cinnabar Moth caterpillar Photos : Caroline Roseman
Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar Photos : Caroline Roseman
It seems that there are Red Underwing moths popping up everywhere! This time, Jim MacDonald at Ludlow had one in the house. The resting position shows some remarkable wing markings, but belies the true beauty of the underwings, underneath.
Red Underwing Moth Photos : Jim MacDonald
And at Stockton on Teme, Bill Spice sent some more pictures of interesting moth trap captures he's had over the last week or two, including another 'first' for the Teme Valley, the Small Scalloped Moth. The Coronet is also very scarce locally and constitutes another important Teme Valley record.
Small Scalloped Moth Photo : Bill Spice
The Coronet Photo : Bill Spice
3 August Over at Martley, Angie Hill ran a moth light trap last night. Close by the trap, she came across this beetle. It is very interesting. We were not sure of its ID, so Angie sent the photos away to Buglife. They subsequently came back to her very excited saying they thought it was a Rhinoceros Beetle (female). This is a very rare find in the UK if it is correct, so the photos are now going from Buglife to a couple of beetle specialists. We will keep you informed.
Rhinoceros Beetle Photo : Angie Hill
The second beetle was found in the light trap and is fairly common in the Teme Valley. Its a Burying beetle. Note the mites found on it. There must be some sort of symbiotic association going on here as these mites are always found on these beetles.
Burying Beetle Photo : Angie Hill
The last picture sent in by Angie was this stunning Canary Shouldered Thorn moth, from the moth trap. This species is just starting to show up now.
Canary Shouldered Thorn Photo : Angie Hill
Over at Stockton on Teme, Bill Spice sent in a few photos from his garden taken over the last month. The Magpie Moth is a stunning insect that is quite adaptable. In our area the larvae feed on currants and Gooseberry bushes, but in the Orkney's and northern Scotland, these food plants are not readily available, so the larvae have adapted to feed on Heather.
The Magpie Moth Photo : Bill Spice
The Black Arches is a stunning moth whose larvae feed primarily on Oak. THey will however tolerate some conifers too. This is a male, identifiable, through the large feathered antennae. The female antennae are not at all feathered.
Black Arches Photo : Bill Spice
This Great Crested Newt was disturbed from under a plant pot on Bill's decking. He crawled away safely into the adjoining undergrowth.
Great Crested Newt Photo : Bill Spice
A species in decline. Not many of these Garden Tiger Moths are usually reported in the Teme Valley in any one year, and infarct, this is the first one we have heard about this year.
Garden Tiger Moth Photo : Bill Spice
This moth is a 'first' for the Teme valley. Its a Sycamore moth. Its a South Eastern species in the UK generally and this must be right on the edge of its territory. The larvae as the name suggests feeds on Sycamore, of which there is not a lot about in the Teme Valley area, but it also feeds on Horse Chestnut, of which there is generally much more.
The Sycamore Moth Photo : Bill Spice
Another very scarce moth for this area and very easily over looked is the Fern Moth. The reason for its scarcity locally is that the food plant is Travelers Joy (Clematis vitalba) which prefers a calcareous soil, of which, there is very little locally save for the few tufa outcrops along the south ridge of the Teme Valley.
The Fern Moth Photo : Bill Spice
2 August Ken Willetts had this Straw Underwing moth at his light trap last night. Whilst not an uncommon moth in the UK, there are not too many records for the Teme Valley.
Straw Underwing Moth Photo : Ken Willetts
1 August Danny Arnold trapped this unusual moth last night at Upper Rochford. It is 470 Orthotelia sparganella, a wet land habitat moth which does not often come to light. As a result, this is only the 8th record for Worcs in over 120 years! The larvae feed on Bur-reed.
470 Orthotelia sparganella Photo : Danny Arnold
Caroline Roseman at Lower Rochford sent in this photo of Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars stripping a nettle. Nettles are the food plant of choice for many caterpillars and moths. These caterpillars have a series of faint yellow lines down their length, differentiating them from Peacock caterpillars which are entirely black in colour.
Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars Photo : Caroline Roseman
Tim Studer found this Red Underwing moth on his office window at Martley today. This is a large moth, and not that often seen. It flies extremely quickly in straight lines, so is hardly ever noticed, other than for a streak of red as it flashes its underwings as it streaks past.
Red Underwing Moth Photo : Tim Studer
31 July A couple of interesting moth species from Danny Arnold's light trap at Upper Rochford last night. Marbled Beauty is a moth that rarely shows up in numbers in the Teme Valley. The larvae feed on lichens and the adult is extremely well camoflauged when at rest on a lichen covered wall. The Dot Moth like wise, is another scarce visitor to the Teme Valley, being a moth of more sub-urban and waste ground habitat.
Marbled Beauty Photo : Danny Arnold
Dot Moth Photo : Danny Arnold
30 July Stuart Smith on his walk around Wolferlow today had in excess of a dozen Spotted Flycatchers. He also had, three Whitethroats, three Willow Warblers, a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk. Lots of butterflies also – a few Comma, Peacock & Red Admiral.
At Rochford, Danny Arnold light trapped this stunning Orange Swift Moth. These moths are thought to be some of the most primitive types of moth. Whilst most Lepidoptera lay their eggs on a specific food plant, the females of the Swift group of moths lay their eggs whilst in flight. The eggs fall to the group and if not eaten, then have a limited amount of time to turn into caterpillar larvae and find an appropriate food plant. That said, they are quite gragarious and will feed on various plants.
Orange Swift Moth Photo : Danny Arnold
28 July Ken Willetts garden on the Highwood continues to attract all sorts of interesting and note worthy creatures. Today Ken photographed this Silver Washed Fritillary Butterfly on his buddleia. The grasshopper was a large one about 25 - 28mm in length. It has been confirmed by Harry Green & Gary Farmer (Thanks guys!) that it is a dark Field Grasshopper. And the strange looking beetle is one of the Weevil species. These can at times, be quite attracted to the light trap meant for Moths.
Silver Washed Fritillary Photo : Ken Willetts
Field Grasshopper Chorthippus brunneus Photo : Ken Willetts
Weevil Beetle Photo : Ken Willetts
These two grassland species of moth trapped by Ken recently are distinctive and certainly the first one is a little unusual. We do not see this species regularly in the Teme Valley.
1313 Catoptria Pinella Photo : Ken Willetts
1316 Catoptria Falsella Photo : Ken Willetts
Tiger Spider Silver Y Moth Photos : John Abbiss
Peacock Butterfly Photo : John Abbiss
Meadow Brown Butterfly Photo : John Abbiss
Bees on Lavender Photo : John Abbiss
Crows Photo : John Abbiss
In Chris & Jenny Rogers garden at Stoke Bliss, they took these two photos. The Emerald Damselfly is a good record for the area.
The Comma Butterfly Photo : Chris Rogers
The Emerald Damselfly Photo : Jenny Rogers
27 July A big update from the last few nights from Ken Willetts light trap on the Highwood. Of these, the Meal Moth is about the rarest, there is only one other record from 2008 for this species in the Teme Valley. Marbled Beauty is also fairly uncommon, with very few local records. The larvae of this moth feed on lichens. Blomers Rivulet is also a good record. They have been found in Hunthouse and Hanley Dingle by Danny Arnold in the past, but they have not been found outside of these areas, owing probably, to the requirement of the Elm tree for the larvae. The decline of the Elm in the 1960's , resulted in a crash of this species nationwide.
Marbled Beauty Photo : Ken Willetts
1417 Meal Moth Pyralis farinalis Photo : Ken Willetts
938 Agapeta zoegana Photo : Ken Willetts
Antler Moth Photo : Ken Willetts
The Drinker Photo : Ken Willetts
White Satin Photo : Ken Willetts
Gold Spot Photo : Ken Willetts
1344 Eudonia mercurella Photo : Ken Willetts
1358 Evergestis pallidata Photo : Ken Willetts
Blomer's Rivulet Photo : Ken Willetts
And over at Ludlow, Jim MacDonald sent in this picture of an Elephant Hawk Moth he found in the garden. Always nice to see this species with its green and pink markings.
Elephant Hawk Moth Photo : Jim MacDonald
26 July Nice moths are showing up all over the place during this very warm weather. These three species come from Simone & Roger Arnold's garden at Clifton on Teme. The Left hand moth, the Small Dusty Wave is usually quite common in the Teme Valley most years, but this year, it has been very rare, so this is a nice record. The moth in the middle is called Yellow Shell. A stunning little moth with concentric shell like markings. The moth on the right, is the Dark Arches, that lots of people are seeing this year.
Three Moth species from Simone's garden Photo : Simone Arnold
25 July One Oldwood Common, John Abbiss sent in these four shots of visitors to his garden.
The Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly Photo : John Abbiss
Female Ghost Moth Photo : John Abbiss
Vapourer Moth caterpillar Photo : John Abbiss
The Gatekeeper Photo : John Abbiss
Whilst walking in Worcester Town center today, Simone & Roger Arnold came across this huge insect, dead on the pavement. It is shown along side a £1 coin for comparison purposes. Whilst the long appendage at the tail end looks vicious, this Giant Wood Wasp is actually quite harmless as this is an ovipositor for laying eggs. The female drills this ovipositor into the bark of decaying trees and the resulting caterpillars are formed under the bark, before pupating and emerging as these large insects.
Giant Wood wasp Photo : Simone Arnold
At Stoke Bliss, Chris & Jenny Rogers had this Bat flying around the bedroom. It had come in during the night and posed briefly for this picture before taking off again through an open window.
Bat Photo : Chris Rogers
This quite spectacular and large caterpillar also found by Chris & Jenny in their garden, is the caterpillar of the Mullein Moth. An interesting record as whilst the caterpillars are not that uncommon, the adult moth is rarely seen as it does not tend to be attracted to light and therefore not often recorded by light trapping.
Mullein Moth Caterpillar Photo : Jenny Rogers
And also at Stoke Bliss, Maggie Kingston found this moth in the Kitchen. It is perhaps aptly called The Snout, owing no doubt to the large protruding proboscis at the front end of the head.
The Snout Photo : Maggie Kingston
23 July At Frith Common, Pete & Vicki Stevens found this large moth on the bedroom floor. Dark Arches is quite a common moth at this time of year in the Teme Valley, although this is quite a dark version of the species. The larvae feed on grass stems..
Dark Arches Photo : Pete & Vicki Stevens
19 July From the light trap Ken Willetts runs on the Highwood, two of several pictures Ken sent in from last night which was very warm and saw many moth species flying.
Leopard Moth Photo : Ken Willetts
Purple Clay Moth Photo : Ken Willetts
18 July And yet another story with a great ending. Bob Edwards has been siting Raptor nest boxes on his patch on the Clee for several years. We reported in 2011 the success he had with five Kestrel youngsters fledgling. Well as an update, Bob said that 2012 being so wet and cold was a disaster and there were no fledgling chicks produced in this year.
However, this year in 2013, there has been another major success. Bob says " This year it seems we are back on track, with four Kestrels being raised from one of my other field boxes.....I attach several pics for your info, one of which is a baby that fell from the nest resulting from the frantic scramble at the nest each time prey arrived via a parent......It looks as though there is about a week difference from the first hatchling to the last and you will see this from the photo comparison.....This wayward sky-diver was picked up from the grass and fed on fresh lambs liver until bursting...so full was he that when posing for photos on the chair not a murmur was heard....he was placed back with his pals a short while after this and you can see he looks totally legless with eyes closed and not a care in the world...today, the two eldest fledged and are checking out their new surroundings...the remaining two I would think will be gone by Friday.... "
Kestrel nesting success Photos : Bob Edwards
At Lower Rochford, Caroline Roseman came across this colourful caterpillar and asked, "What is it?". This is the caterpillar of the Va pourer Moth, a moth not often attracted to light traps, making this an important local record for this species.
Va pourer Moth larvae Photos : Caroline Roseman
16 July A story with two happy endings!. Rachel Packard emailed in saying "We were cutting down some brush and bushes from behind our place the other day and came across a blackbirds nest in one, holding 2 Blackbird chicks. So we moved the nest and desperately hoped that the mum would find it and keep feeding them, and she did.
Then a couple of days later, we came across a nest with 3 Song Thrushes in, but the nest was damaged and the chicks were too young to just be on the floor so we put them in the blackbirds nest and kept our fingers crossed. And it worked! The Blackbird mum is feeding them all!
I've taken a photo to prove it. I'd always been told that this would not work, but it clearly does .Blackbirds make excellent parents!"
Three Song Thrush and two Blackbird youngsters in a Blackbirds nest Photo : Rachel Packard
At their land at Great Witley, Dave & Sallyann took these dragonfly photos. Mike Averill confirmed the ID. Thanks to him for this info.
Common Darter Dragonfly Photo : Sallyann Williams
Southern Hawker Dragonfly Photo : Sallyann Williams
Southern Hawker Dragonfly case Photo : Sallyann Williams
15 July This warm weather has brought out a myriad of moth species. Geoff Wookey had three new garden record species at his light trap last night, including Small Angle Shades, the Short Cloaked Moth and this stunning Coronet, a new record for the Teme Valley.
Coronet Moth Photo : Geoff Wookey
Meanwhile over at Clifton on Teme, Roger & Simone Arnold came across this stunning Buff Arches moth. When at rest, it looks just like a piece of flint.
Buff Arches Moth Photo : Simone Arnold
12 July At Stockton on Teme, Bill Spice emailed to say he had recorded three specimens of the Ruddy Carpet moth. This species is quite scarce in Worcs; there are only 37 records, with only 7 of those being post the year 2000. Its also significant that it has never been recorded in the Teme Valley before either. So three records are very important.
Ruddy Carpet Moth Photo : Bill Spice
We have just received some pictures back from Bayton School where members of the Group ran a 'bug hunt' with the young students earlier in the month. As can be seen, the children were well up for getting their hands dirty, looking under logs and in bushes for all sorts of insects, bugs and beetles.
'Bug Hunt' at Bayton School Photos : Wendy Southall
And on the Highwood, Ken Willetts had this tiny migrant moth come to his light trap. It takes no guessing why the vernacular name for this species, is the 'Diamond Back' moth.
Diamond Back Moth Photo : Ken Willetts
11 July Over at Martley, Angie Hill emailed yesterday to say that she hoped she would attract a Poplar Hawk moth to her newly loaned moth trap. Then last night, on her third outing with the trap in her back garden, she recorded three this morning, along with a Large Emerald, yet another Blotched Emerald, two Elephant Hawkmoths, a Small Elephant Hawkmoth and five Swallowtail moths amongst a host of others.
And on the Highwood, Ken Willetts light trap was buzzing, where he recorded these three species along with many many more!
Blue Bordered Carpet Photo : Ken Willetts
Blotched Emerald Photo : Ken Willetts
342 Phyllonorycter coryli Photo : Ken Willetts
8 July All this warm weather is bringing a lot of moth species out now. This tiny moth, Caloptilia stigmatella has a wingspan of just 13mm. The larvae of this moth feed on Willow and Poplar and it is one of a group of very similar moths. The distinctive 'Nike' shaped mark on its wing however, makes this one fairly easy to identify. The one below is a relatively rare micro moth in Worcs. the larvae of this moth, Olindia schumacherana feeds on Lesser Celandine. Both came to the light trap of Danny Arnold at Upper Rochford last night.
288 Caloptilia stigmatella Photo : Danny Arnold
1013 Olindia schumacherana Photo : Danny Arnold
7 July A new micro moth record for Danny Arnold and the SO66 10km tetrad and indeed the Teme Valley. This tiny micro moth, Hedya salicella, only a few millimeters long, came to light last night at Upper Rochford. The larvae feed on Sallows and Poplar.
1086 Hedya salicella Photo : Danny Arnold
6 July Sallyann Williams sent in these two pictures of a Fox taken with a camera trap on their land. It just goes to show that all sorts of animals that we don't see too often are about and these camera traps record it all.
Fox caught on a camera trap picture Photos : Sallyann Williams
5 July Angie Hill borrowed one of the two Teme Valley Wildlife Group moth traps. Angie is new to moth trapping, and on her second evening (last night) she trapped and recorded an impressive 27 species, including this Blotched Emerald which was an important record as it was a first record for the 10km tetrad square that Angie lives in and a first for this part of the Teme Valley. It is also significant as it is rarely found outside of its usual woodland habitat.
Blotched Emerald Photo : Angie Hill
And at the light traps at Upper Rochford, Danny Arnold recorded these non to frequently seen species. The Clouded Magpie is associated with Elm. As a result, in the last forty or so years, this moth's numbers have declined significantly due to loss of food plant and habitat. There are very few records of this in the Valley, with the largest population being up at Hunthouse Wood, where the 'local' stronghold population is located.
Clouded Magpie Photo : Danny Arnold
Lilac Beauty is another scarcely seen moth. Its larvae feed on Honeysuckle and Privet primarily. The name of the moth presumably comes from the lilac colour patches found on the wings.
Lilac Beauty Photo : Danny Arnold
The Peppered Moth in its usual form is shown in the bottom example below. The top picture shows the melanic form which in the Teme Valley is quite rare and not often seen.
Examples of the Peppered Moth Photo : Danny Arnold
3 July Brian Marsh saw a Kestrel between Stockton and Stanford Bridge today. And Danny Arnold also saw one between Eardiston and Stockton today too. Same bird?
2 July Stuart Smith reports a pair of Spotted Flycatchers in the garden today at Wolferlow. And more flower photographs from John Abbiss on Oldwood Common. Nice to see the Common Spotted Orchid out again on this site and Summer just isn't summer without Foxgloves!
Common Spotted Orchid Photo : John Abbiss
Foxglove Photo : John Abbiss
Red Campion Photo : John Abbiss
Flora on Oldwood Common Photo : John Abbiss
1 July Over at Boraston, Rachel Packard has come across some Tree Bees in the eaves of her house. These insects really do appear quite widespread throughout the Teme Valley now.
Tree Bees foraging Photo : Rachel Packard
And at Ken Willetts light trap, this small micro moth 1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana came to light last night. It is one of the smaller Tortrix moth species, but instantly recognisable from a distance by the apparent yellow dot on its back. It is fairly common in the Teme Valley as the food plant for its larvae is Ash, of which, the Valley has plenty.
1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana Photo : Ken Willetts
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