The Whinnies Butterfly and Moth Hunt

The Whinnies Great Butterfly and Moth Hunt took place on Tuesday 19th June at Middleton St George.

This was a joint event hosted by The Butterfly Conservation Trust and Durham Wildlife Trust. Expertise and identification were provided by Dr. Dave Wainwright , with 18 keen enthusiasts from the local area and the Sothern Task Force providing the eyes on the ground.  The aim of the event was to obtain a better understanding of what was present on the site, gain some identification skills and to see if the illusive Forester Moth was present on the site. This moth was last sighted at The Whinnies Local Nature Reserve back in 2008. The nearest site to see them is at Coatham Woods near Long Newton.

One of the highlights of the day was seeing the newly emerged 6 spotted burnet moth alongside its caterpillar and chrysalis. Unfortunately we didn’t find the Forster moth but what we did see is listed below:

Butterflies:

Dingy skipper

Large skipper

Common blue

Speckled wood

Meadow brown

Ringlet

Small heath

Moths:

Silver-ground carpet

Small rivulet

Grass rivulet

Latticed heath

Blackneck

6-spot burnet

Straw dot

Yellow shell

Clay

Chrysoteuchia culmella aka the Garden grass-veneer.

Crambus pascuella

Dragonflies:

Broad-bodied chaser (female)

Damselflies:

Common blue damsel

Azure damsel

Large red damsel

Moths:

Silver-ground carpet

Small rivulet

Grass rivulet

Latticed heath

Blackneck

6-spot burnet

Straw dot

Yellow shell

Clay

Chrysoteuchia culmella aka the Garden grass-veneer.

Crambus pascuella

Dragonflies:

Broad-bodied chaser (female)

Damselflies:

Common blue damsel

Azure damsel

Large red damsel

We will be hosting a Night Flying Moth Trapping Event in August back at The Whinnies so watch our website for dates and details.