Saturday, 10 July 2010

The Enchanted Wood

I visited Middleton Woods, near Ilkley, this morning and discovered a plant that I have been searching for; Enchanter's-nightshade (Circaea lutetiana). It is not a particularly rare plant and grows in moister woodlands and beside shady tracksides at low altitude.

I was hoping to find leafmines of Mompha langiella but no luck this time.

There are lots of old and rotten trees here and when I last visited, ealier this year, I found nesting Great Spotted Woodpeckers (Dendrocopis major).


  1. Apart from early spring I haven't gotten around to doing any leaf mining this summer what with rearing stuff through, dusking and trips to the moors. I think I'll have to wait until the autumn at least - unless I find any handy tips here from you Derek :-)

  2. Hi Charlie,

    This year I have concentrated on familiarising myself with the foodplants on the list at:

    Once I have found the plants I should have more chance of finding the mines!