What’s in the chrysalis?

Last week during one of our ‘Wild Days Out’ one of the children found this chrysalis under a log. It looked like a really old one that had failed to emerge however when we held it firmly in our hands we were amazed to feel a tickling sensation in the palm of our hands as the developing moth within moved around inside the chrysalis.



We brought the chrysalis up to the Centre and kept it in a tank to see who would come out.

Last night the moth emerged! A beautiful poplar hawk moth!

Poplar Hawk Moth

Poplar Hawk Moth

The caterpillar must have lived on the poplar tree out the front of the Woodland Hide. We are running a moth event this Friday from 10-11am as part of the National Moth Night which is running over the weekend. If you would like to join Ed to look through the trap then please do book on. More information can be found here.

Kevin was back in with his fellow bird ringers on Saturday and sent through the following report on their catch;

“Our ninth CES visit was certainly an improvement on our last visit. This time we managed to catch 30 birds which included a juvenile Green Woodpecker (see photo) along with 3 juvenile Sedge Warblers which we presume are migrants passing thru’.

juvenile green woodpecker by Kevin Sayer

Juvenille green woodpecker by Kevin Sayer

It was encouraging to see an increase in Garden Warblers, although at this time of year it is getting difficult to separate adults from juveniles! The breeze probably had an effect on the lack of phyllosc warblers. Our totals were:-

Reed Warbler 4
Sedge Warbler 3
Garden Warbler 6
Chiffchaff 2
Blackcap 1
Robin 3
Blackbird 2
Wren 3
Greenfinch 4
Dunnock 1
Green Woodpecker 1

Thanks to Brenda and Jenny for their help today”.


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