"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Common Newts and Moth Update

I managed to take a few photos this morning of a newt that was lurking in the shallower water at the pond edge.

Common/Smooth Newt

And a cropped version of the above photo

There was lots of newt activity again last night - we counted 14 individuals. Plenty of courtship behaviour with the males moving their tails from side to side to try and attract a female.

Moth Update

Despite a minimum temperature of 6.6 degrees centigrade (with the temperature ranging between 15.2 and 6.6 degrees centigrade) there were only 3 moths in the trap this morning.

I did manage to trap a wasp - in 18 months of moth trapping this is the first wasp I have caught! Luckily it was very dozy so I risked getting up close for a photo before it eventually warmed up and flew off.

There was also a Black Sexton beetle (Nicrophorus humator) (a burying beetle) hidden away in the crevices of an egg box. I catch loads of these.

Summary of Moth Trapping Session Friday, 8th April, 2011

8.00 p.m. until dawn

15w Actinic Skinner Trap

1 x Hebrew Character
1 x Early Grey
1 x Common Quaker

Number of species seen in the garden in 2011 remains at 9 - I don't think I shall be breaking any records this year!


The Wessex Reiver said...

How wonderful to have sexton beetles in your garden.

Ragged Robin said...

Its great Andrew. Although to be honest I have only ever seen them in the moth trap. I wish I could get a decent photo because they are fascinating to look at but they never keep still for a minute!