Mothing at Thickson’s Woods

July 3rd, 2015

I recently started helping out with some moth surveys at Thickson’s Woods near Whitby, Durham County. Many birders know the woods to be one of the finest sites for migrant birds in the region, but little has been done to sample the moths of the area. Well, all that is going to change! Thus far, with just two short sessions and two more intensive surveys more than 270 species of moths have been logged. The idea is to mix public moth events with a series of more extensive surveys in different micro habitats throughout the season. This will be done under the umbrella of the Matt Holder Environmental Education Fund. With the generous help of a growing team of resident naturalists I am hoping that these surveys will reveal some significant and interesting moth populations in this isolated “island” of prime habitat. Here are a few colourful gems from the latest survey on Friday night…

Agriopodes fallax (Green Marve)

Agriopodes fallax (Green Marve)


Callopistria mollissima (Pink-shaded Fern Moth)

Callopistria mollissima (Pink-shaded Fern Moth)


Schizura unicornis (Unicorn Caterpillar Moth)

Schizura unicornis (Unicorn Caterpillar Moth)

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