Monday, 21 February 2011

Ghost Moth

14 Ghost Moth Hepialus humuli (Linnaeus, 1758) 1
Adult flight times are between 6th June and 29th July throughout the area. 'Ghost' comes from the white males, which can sometimes be seen at dusk, 'hovering' over grassy areas.12 ( 7 males and 5 females) at Hedge top Lane on the 23rd June 2003 at light and 10 males hovering over nettles June 10th 2006 . On the 20th June 2009,1 male was seen in car headlights at Hedge Top lane lane Northowram on the following night 56(mostly males) were observed’ lekking’in the same field. An amazing 278 were seen on the 22nd June 2009 with a ratio of 10 males to one female, at least 22 pairs were seen’ in cop. In 2010 the numbers peaked at 435 on the 21st June .The largest count ever recored in Yorkshire (AC ).The night when 435 were observed in the field a light trap was running all night 100 yards away and attracted 2 males and 1 feamle also while making a short film in 2010 it was noted that when bright lights were used most moths disappeared (AC, SC) the short film can be seen a