Rove Beetle – Staphylinus olens

Rove Beetle – Staphylinus olens

Wyre Forest Study Group 28 September, 2020 Rove Beetle – Staphylinus olens The ferocious looking Rove Beetle (Staphylinus olens), commonly known as the Devil’s Coach Horse, isn’t slow in showing that it means business! When caught out in the open it will often...
Cygnets hitching a lift.

Cygnets hitching a lift.

Wyre Forest Study Group 11            June, 2020 Cygnets hitching a lift – Whilst walking along the riverside near Bewdley, Rosemary Winnall spotted a female Mute Swan swimming upstream with her 3 small cygnets swimming alongside. As she watched, the cygnets...
Emperor Moth – Saturnia pavania

Emperor Moth – Saturnia pavania

Wyre Forest Study Group 20 April, 2020 Emperor Moth – Saturnia pavonia   Mary Singleton was delighted to see 2 male Emperor Moths coming to her pheromone lure which she’d hung from her washing line in her Bewdley garden. She recorded them on 20th April 2020...
Clifden Nonpareil – back from the brink?

Clifden Nonpareil – back from the brink?

Wyre Forest Study Group 6 October, 2019 Clifden Nonpareil – back from the brink?   Sometimes referred to as the Blue Underwing, the Clifden Nonpareil is a very large and impressively beautiful, rare moth. This individual was photographed by Jon Cartwright...
Nightjar sighting

Nightjar sighting

Wyre Forest Study Group 6 October, 2019 Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)   Jon Cartwright was able to photograph an elusive Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) in Fastings Coppice. As a summer visitor to the UK, Nightjars arrive to breed in mid-May and have normally...