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From midday yesterday to midday today has been an event where Yorkshire people have been encouraged to spend some time observing nature and recording what we have seen.
My daughter and I have spent most of the last 36hrs doing just that. We were up before sunrise yesterday to check the moth trap and back to bed at 6 this morning after checking it again. We have had a total of 6 hrs sleep throughout the time: so far that is but daughter is nodding a bit and I am drinking coffee :o).

We recorded and uploaded over 80 organisms that we have seen just in the garden. We had to upload photographic records so some of the birds didn’t get included as we couldn’t get decent photos.

There were quite a few ‘firsts’ including the currant clearwing moth. A black and yellow longhorn beetle so called because it is black and yellow and a longhorn beetle. A willow beauty moth was one of the bigger moths and we had several micro-moths in the trap which are photographed and awaiting confirmation of id.

I recorded 23 British native plants including stinging nettle, hedge woundwort and green alkanet [a food plant for orange tip butterflies]. I didn’t include any natives that I have planted as that isn’t the point of the exercise. So Paris, Field Scabious and Bee orchid didn’t count. Neighbours just see them as weeds. But I know they are valuable for the many visitors to the garden.

We shared the role, I did plants, beetles and amphibians, whilst she did butterflies and moths, birds and mammals. The 3 hedgehogs didn’t show last night which is typical as they have been out and feeding in the garden for the last month. Whoever had the best photos of slugs, snails, spiders and woodlice uploaded them.

I wont overload you with photos but I was delighted with the longhorn beetle and the yellow cellar slug on my shed wall. I wont add the walnut orb spider as I know some of you don’t like them and this one is rather a fat lumpy ‘Shelob’. its body is about the size of a golden sultana.

Last year I sorted out what the harlequin ladybirds looked like and did destroy the pupae that I found. This year I have only found our native 7 spots.
The larva has a broken band of colour along its sides as opposed to a continuous band of colour that you find in the harlequin.

I am having a very lazy day today and will definitely be going to bed early tonight.
This is a currant clear wing moth that daughter photographed. Another first for our garden

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You both deserve a good rest! How fascinating, and what a very useful thing to do.
The pics are an insight into what we so often miss in our gardens. Love the beetle - he's a stunner. Thank you for sharing.

21 Jun, 2020

 

Super photographs, who had the biggest number of 'best' photos? I admire your dedication to wild life conservation, first comes the knowledge through observation.

21 Jun, 2020

 

hard to say as we did different categories. The plants and slugs were easier as they didn't move about much :o) and they were my categories.

21 Jun, 2020

 

Well done for your dedication, and itโ€™s marvellous that your daughter is so interested in wildlife too ๐Ÿ™‚.

21 Jun, 2020

 

fantastic loved it,inspirational

21 Jun, 2020

 

Daughter emailed the image of the currant clearwing moth this evening. This is a male and in certain light is iridescent violet. Its tail end looked very lobster-ish too.

Thank you for your lovely comments. From about 5yrs of age I have loved nature.

21 Jun, 2020

 

That moth is an art deco beauty!

21 Jun, 2020

 

What patience and dedication! Having the two of you together must have been an encouragement to keep going! The Longhorn beetle is great isn't it, and the clearwing moth is beautiful - never seen either before. It makes you think that maybe we go around with our eyes shut half the time. But all the same I don't really fancy staying up all night looking for them..

21 Jun, 2020

 

I blame her year in Wales! haha ;p

21 Jun, 2020

 

Congratulations to you & your daughter! You have done a great thing for conservation! :)

22 Jun, 2020

 

Well done both of you....

23 Jun, 2020

 

Thank you for sharing this wonderful look in to your garden. I can give the beetles and slugs a miss but a WOW for that moth. I hope you are both recovering well after the nightshift.

24 Jun, 2020

 

Victoria had an amazing 'haul' last night. 22 different species of moth, some really small that we would recognise as a house /clothes moth but there are lots that look very similar. There are some that can only be positively id'd if they are killed and dissected. She does record them as 'of the type' and releases them.

I bought her a sweep/butterfly net so she can catch those that fly at night that don't go in the traps.

I have recovered but she hasn't caught up on her sleep yet.

24 Jun, 2020

 

You two deserve a medal! What a fantastic job you've done!

26 Jun, 2020

 

That must have been an interesting thing to do :)

27 Jun, 2020

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