- On la remarque sur cet anisodontea … – Jaccueillelanature on The Hornet Hoverfly- Volucella zonaria
- Campus Wildlife Champions – T&L Exchange on Campus Species Lists
- Powdery Mildew Survey 2016 | Culham Research Group on Powdery mildew – 2014
- Powdery Mildew Survey 2016 | Culham Research Group on Powdery mildew – 2015
- Alastair Culham on Mammals
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Category Archives: Lepidoptera
Flying Saucer Hunt
Last July we added White-letter hairstreak to the campus species list. It’s impossible to say whether it was a stray individual (revisiting my photograph it was a pretty beaten up specimen!) or part of a breeding colony on campus. It … Continue reading
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School of Biological Sciences students and staff alike enjoyed a veritable wildlife bonanza during week 6 ‘enhancement week’, with a range of sessions including bird ringing and moth trapping that served to demonstrate you don’t have to go far for a … Continue reading
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Moth Night Catch
It was a cool, clear night, and 8am found the Harris Garden wreathed in mist and drenched with dew. Would any moths have found their way into our light traps in these conditions?
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Moth Night (Morning) update
Further to Alastair’s post, whilst it is probably too late to put on an official event I will have two light traps running in the Harris Garden overnight. All welcome to join me from 8am tomorrow to open them and … Continue reading
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Moth Nights 10-12 September – will you be recording?
Over the next two nights the UK will be aflutter with moth enthusiasts looking to see what is out and about. UK Moth Night aims to celebrate British moth recording activity and highlight this to the public. News coverage has … Continue reading
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Continuing the overhaul of our campus species lists, moths are the next group to have received a thorough treatment. More than 2400 species of moth have been recorded in the UK, so the current total of 113 for Whiteknights campus … Continue reading
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Miner Matters: Eric Carle revisited?
After reading Fay’s blog on the holm oak (Quercus ilex) under attack, I – like you – was in a better position to look for and recognise leaf-mining beasties on campus. What better way to follow her blog than to … Continue reading
Posted in Animals, Fagaceae, Insects, Lepidoptera, Moths, Plant Pathology Research Group, Plants Tagged blotch, E. heringella, Ectoedemia heringella, entomology, frass, gallery, Holm oak, Identification, leaf miner, leaf-mine, lepidoptera, microscopy, Pathology, Quercus ilex, Waheed Arshad Leave a comment
Holm oak (Quercus ilex) is a Mediterranean tree species that was introduced to Britain in the 1500s. Unlike our native oak species, Holm oak is evergreen and holds its leaves all year round. It’s latin name, ilex, refers to the fact … Continue reading
Leaf-mining moths going conkers…
While strolling around the campus grounds, have you been wondering what’s happening to our horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum L., Sapindaceae) trees? Are those brown leaves really showing signs of an early autumn? These leaves are actually changing colour for a … Continue reading
Posted in Birds, Insects, Lepidoptera, Plants, Sapindaceae Tagged Aesculus hippocastanum, autumn, blue tit, Cameraria ohridella, campus, Cyanistes caeruleus, horse chestnut, larva, larvae, leaf miner, pheromone traps, pupa, pupae, reading university, tree, trees, Waheed Arshad, whiteknights 3 Comments
Who needs Nettles?
The Common stinging nettle Urtica dioica, is the most well-known and prosperous example of the Family Urticaceace in Britain. Infamous for its painful sting caused by chemical injection via trichome hairs, this dioecious plant is easily recognised by its opposite, … Continue reading
Posted in Animals, Butterflies, Flowering Plants, Insects, Lepidoptera, Plants, Urticaceae Tagged Common nettle, Inachis io, Nettle, Nymphalidae, Peacock, Red Admiral, Stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, Urticaceae, Vanessa atalanta Leave a comment