A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine caught a Red-Tipped Clearwing moth at Rodley Leeds.
Hmm! not that far from my patch so I bought a Pheromone lure for the moth to see if it was in suitable habitat at Raw Nook NR.
I placed the lure yesterday near to the pond area and left it for about 4 hours.
When I came back two males were it the trap proving the species is in Raw Nook NR and also possibly breeding. The moths were photographed and released unharmed.
Then as the evening was warn and sunny I thought I would see if I could find a Purple Hairstreak butterfly in the large Oaks further up the site. I have suspected for years they must be there but could never prove it.
My luck was in when I saw three males through my binoculars high up in the trees. This is a new species for our recording area bringing the number of species recorded to 22.