Category: Species

Three damselfly 0

Damselflies

The photo above shows the three types of ‘blue’ damselfly typically found at the Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits Reserve. The damselfly on  the left is a Common blue, which has a characteristic mushroom shape on the...

Hazel dormouse 0

Hazel dormice decline

The following press release outlines the extent of the Hazel dormouse decline since the millennium: Britain’s population of hazel dormice has fallen by a third since 2000 – a rate of decline equivalent to...

Broad-leaved helleborine 0

Helleborines

As if orchids weren’t complicated enough, I decided to find out more about helleborines which, to someone like me, are a bit more mysterious than those I usually come across. Infact, despite knowing we...

Green Hairstreak, April 2015, Dave Howson 0

A waiting game for this year’s broods

Now that we’ve had some decent weather, the last couple of days, several butterflies have woken up from their winter slumber and the question now remains when the newly emerged butterflies, from this year,...

Comma 0

Autumnal butterflies

There are still a few butterflies about but they are becoming increasingly difficult to find. The Comma, in the featured image, was spotted at the Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits this afternoon. Most of the migrants, such...

Heath Riv 0

The search of a rare day-flying moth

John Gavaghan set out on a quest to find a rare day flying moth, the Heath Rivulet, after reading in Argus that it had only been found at one site in our county, and...

Fox Moth 0

Moorland Caterpillars

On walking the moors up near Meltham on Wednesday we were surprised to come across many small, furry caterpillars in the grasses up there.  Checking our moth book on my return they looked like...

Small Copper - ab. caeruleopunctata 0

Small Copper Aberrations

There are several common genetic aberrations of the Small Copper butterfly and Anne Riley found this great example of ab. caeruleopunctata, which  expresses additional blue markings on the hindwings, at the Otley Wetlands Reserve.  These can...

Northern Brown Argus 0

Grassland insects

I saw my first Northern Brown Argus of the year at the Long Ashes site today. Conditions weren’t ideal but it is nice to see them back. They are quite small butterflies and look...

Dingy Skipper 0

Dingy Skipper

Nigel Heptinstall found a Dingy Skipper on the 27th May at Thruscross Reservoir on the East side of the reservoir. Dingy Skipper has been found at the site in the past and we would...