This micro-moth is on the National Scarce List B and is new to south-east Staffordshire. It was last recorded in the County in 2010. It has only ever been recorded in April for Staffordshire and this male just made it on April 1st. The larvae feed inside oak apple galls.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Friday, 11 April 2014
It concluded the hoard was “the prize collection of an individual of power”. So clearly, the current measured view is that it was owned by someone who was at the level of a warrior kingship. If the date of burial is now moving towards A.D.650 – 655 it points to Penda of Tamworth. However, if the crumpled cross could have been attached to the front cover of a Christian book such as a Gospel, and the pectoral cross is that of a bishop (it is strikingly similar to Cuthbert’s cross) and the decorated handle that is described as mysterious could instead be the handle to a bishop’s hand-bell, then a second individual of power is involved. The only one known to Mercia at this time is Bishop Diuma, but it could also be a roving bishop from elsewhere. All this is beginning to show the hoard is a window to relationships at the top of a Mercian hierarchy.
And another conjecture. Is it really true there is no feminine piece in the hoard? There are two lentoid brooches which look remarkably like the tortoise brooches worn by women at shoulder or breast level to connect their clothing. Is this the Queen’s contribution to the deposition?
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Monday, 3 February 2014
Saturday, 25 January 2014
On the left is Exidia thuretiana and can only be seen in this form after much rain.
On the right is Phellodon melaleucus in prime condition because it later turns dark and even black. Both were recorded from Netherton Green at Lion’s Den on Hall Lane.
This is Daldinia concentrica or Cramp ball and below is Sarcocypha coccinea or Scarlet elf cup. Both were seen at RSPB reserve at Middleton.
Friday, 24 January 2014
Friday, 17 January 2014
On the left is a garden carpet and on the right is a Blair’s shoulder knot. Nothing uncommon about these two moths, but both appeared on the morning of January 16th. The garden carpet is normally seen from April to September and the Blair’s shoulder knot in October and November. It is possible that both are late and somehow have survived the gales, rain and frost. Alternatively, they could have emerged from pupae early with the recent mild temperatures. Whatever has gone on has raised eyebrows of several expert “mothers”.