1994 Buff-tip larvae feeding on the garden rose bush, July 27th 2017. After several were taken to rear through the rest were soon predated, quite possibly by roving parties of Blue and Great Tits.
1994 Buff-tip larvae, Aug. 11th 2017. Two of those taken to rear through from the batch pictured above.
1994 Buff-tip larva, one of several found amongst the leaf litter at Hardcastle Crags on Sept. 15th 2016.
1994 Buff-tip reared from the larva illustrated above, Apr.17th 2017. With a forewing of 29mm this is probably a female. A fantastically well camouflaged moth.
1994 Buff-tip. A more detailed shot of the pale thorax with the eyes and antennae barely visible underneath.
1994 A Buff-tip pupa showing the row of spiracles down the flank which enable the pupa to breath. Found by Julian Birkhead at Turner wood, Rishworth on June 18th 2017.
1997 Sallow Kitten larva found feeding on Crack Willow at Cromwell Bottom, July 19th 2018. All three photos are field observations. Note the shed skin from the previous instar to the right.
1997 Sallow Kitten larva details as above. The whip-like appendages at the rear are regularly inflated and deflated perhaps as a defensive strategy aimed towards myself, or maybe it's adjusting to it's new instar skin?
1997 Sallow Kitten larva with extended tails.
1997 Sallow Kitten larva July 27th - details as above. After not feeding for a day or two and just hanging upside down on the lid of the rearing pot every larva's worst nightmare came true.
Parasitic wasp grubs started to emerge from every orifice.
I suppose it's habit of feeding openly on the upperside of leaves does make them vulnerable to wasp attacks but I suppose most/ a few get through okay.
You would think that after emergence the grubs would disperse and shuffle off the edge of the leaf and fall in to the ground litter below to spin up but surprisingly they all kept very close to their host. I've seen this behaviour before with wasp grubs and ladybirds where they immobilise the host's legs and pupate underneath using the host's defensive strategies to protect them for as long as possible. In this case the Kitten larva remained alive for two more days, rearing it's pincers each time I approached. All clever stuff!Pebble Prominent to light at the cabin at Cromwell Bottom, July 14th 2018. Need to start photographing these during daylight rather than just grabbing record shots.
2000 Iron Prominent to MV light at Blake Dean, June 7th 08.
2006 Lesser Swallow Prominent to MV light at the cabin at Cromwell Bottom, July 21st 2018.
2007 Swallow Prominent to MV light, Cromwell Bottom, July 21st 2012.
2008 Coxcombe Prominent to MV light at Blake Dean, June 7th 08.
2011 Pale Prominent, one of two to MV light at the cabin, Cromwell Bottom, Aug. 3rd 2018.
2026 Vapourers, a mating pair on Cotoneaster in the garden, Sept.12th 08. After seeing three males circling the cotoneaster it wasn't until photographing one of the males which had landed that I realised there was a female present.
2026 Vapourer (female). Not much more than a furry, egg laden sporran, the female begins to lay the fertilised eggs on the same cocoon she herself had emerged from.
2026 Vapourer eggs, May 8th 2009. The following spring and the batch of eggs begin to hatch.
2026 Vapourer larva, June 13th 09. A five week old larva.
2028 Pale Tussock larva on Silver Birch at Brookfoot Loop, July 15th 2017. It's a fully fed larva in the process of spinning a protective cocoon to pupate in.
2028 Pale Tussock larva feeding on Silver Birch, Oct.19th 09. Collected by day on Skircoat Green road some days earlier.
2028 Pale Tussock larva rolled up into a defensive posture, Aug.25th 09. Collected by day by the towpath near Copley.
2028 Pale Tussock pupa a few hours before emergence, Apr.12th 2010. Reared from the Skircoat Green larva. Note the fur of the adult moth's abdomen visible as orange bands through the pupal case.
2028 Pale Tussock (female), Apr.12th 2010, the freshly emerged adult.
2031 White Satin Moth to light at Cromwell Bottom NR, June 30th 2018. Black and white ringed legs and the feathery antennae of a male.