Monday 24 March 2014

Pyrausta Despicata

My first trip out for some time following the back problems. It was a trip up to High and Over looking mainly for more Wall Brown larva and anything else that might show up. The larva were not too forthcoming and only 2 were found including the smallest one I have found to date. 5 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Red Admiral were seen. The highlight was a Short Eared Owl that we put up, it flew off in the direction of Cradle Valley. A fox, 3 Hares and many Newts in the dew pond as well as my first Pyrausta Despicata micro moth of the year were also seen, showing that Spring is just about here. Other evidence of this was lots of Lesser Bloody-nosed Beetles mating in the area.

Pyrausta Despicata

Lesser Bloody-nosed Beetles


  1. Great to see the Pyrausta and beetles. When I was a kid I was fascinated by the Bloody-nosed Beetles I saw in Dorset.

    1. Hi Colin. It will soon be the bigger Bloody-nosed Beetles as well. Fantastic beasties, just love the shape of their legs!!.