23rd July 2014

Lunchtime butterfly walk proved successful with 25 attendees. Lots of sunshine and good numbers of butterflies too. Mainly Small Skippers but also an Essex.

9th July 2014

A good run of moth nights. Nothing rare; though the micro Argyresthia retinella was last recorded in 1979 - easily missed though! Blackcap, Song Thrush and Chiffchaff are all singing in the Walled Garden.

The Phase 3 Development site was alive with Meadow Browns. Also saw Ringlet (1), Small Heath (1), Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Six-spotted Burnet, Cinnabar larvae and Blue-tailed Damselfly.

Birdcherry Ermine


Dot moth

Green Oak Tortrix

Scarce Footman

Single-dotted Wave

1st July 2014

Good moth night with 50 species. Nothing rare but it was nice to get a Garden Tiger and another Beautiful Hook-tip.

27th June 2014

Beautiful Hook-tip was a new moth for Keele today while Dark Spectacle was last seen here in 1997! Also caught the huge caddisfly Phryganea grandis - its 5cm including its antennae!

Beautiful Hook-tip

Phryganea grandis

Dark Spectacle

26th June 2014

A new species for Keele - the Yarrow Plume Moth. A mixture of others including Burnished Brass, Buff Arches and Peach Blossom.

Chiffchaff continues to sing in the Walled Garden - must be on its second brood.

Brimstone Moth

Buff Arches

Peach Blossom

Yarrow Plume Moth

25th June 2014

The evenings are still relatively mild so moth numbers are holding up with a variety of species - but nothing rare! Had a nice male Drinker last night.


Light Emerald
The Phase 3 development sight was superb at lunchtime; plenty of Five-spotted Burnets but Burnet Companion was new to Keele as was Burnet-saxifrage. Common Blue, Blue-tailed and Azure Damselflies were common plus there was a Broad-bodied Chaser. Meadow Browns were very common and there was a Small Skipper and a Ringlet too.
Narrow-bordered Five-spotted Burnets

Burnet Companion


23rd June 2014

A week away and not much to report from the moth trap - despite the mild temperatures overnight. Just a pair of Ghost Moths or note.