This pretty little moth flies in the sunshine in the early morning and late afternoon in May and June. It has extremely long and conspicuous labial palps. It can be seen regularly in the Wyre Forest where its caterpillars feed on dead wood and old bramble stems.
The female crab spider Misumena vatia is seen commonly in and around Wyre, usually sitting on flower heads waiting to ambush insect prey. But I don’t spot the male (as seen here) very often, perhaps because it is much smaller than the female and darker, making it less conspicuous.
At this time of the year any patch of Hedge Woundwort is worth checking for the Woundwort Shieldbug (4-7mm), although it might also be found on White Dead-nettle and other labiates. The adults breeding now have overwintered, and the new adults will be found in August.
This striking froghopper can be spotted from April and throughout the summer. The nymphs feed on underground roots and are rarely seen, but the conspicuous adults are easily identified.
Young tawny owls can be heard calling insistently for food after dark. Many have already left the nest, but cannot fly until they have grown their adult flight feathers. They may be spotted in the daytime up in the trees not far from their nest hole, with the parent bird roosting close by.
This attractive little oecophorid micro moth was first recorded from ‘Bewdley Forest’ in 1842. It was not noted again until Jenny Joy found it in Ribbesford Woods in 2002. Since then it has occasionally been recorded at light traps in the main part of Wyre and once in Shrawley Wood. But Ribbesford Woods seems to be the stronghold and Tony Simpson found them flying there in good numbers between 8.00 and 10.00am on 31st May 2014.
27 May 2014 A surprising find on the banks of the River Severn near Bewdley Ultrasonic Flow measuring station- A Golden Ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii) larval case. This species is associated with small brooks and wet flushes not the River Severn, so perhaps this one was washed out of the Dowles brook which is only 200 m’s upstream of this location