"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

Monday, 18 July 2011

Where have all the moths gone?

A really disappointing moth trapping session last Thursday night with just four species of macro moth and a few micros.

I had another attempt at identifying the micros - gosh they are lively and even harder to take photos of than the macros.

I've caught this moth before - again think it may be Spilonota ocellana (bud moth). Sorry the photos are really poor.

Another poor photo but I think this is possibly Crambus pascuella

There were a couple of tiny moths that looked that Agriphila straminella but the photos of these are even worse so I haven't bothered posting one!

Summary of Moths Trapped Thursday, 14th July

10.00 until dawn

Minimum temperature 9.6 degrees centigrade

15w Actinic Skinner Trap

Uncertain x 11
Heart and Dart x 2
Shuttle-shaped Dart x 1
Scalloped Oak x 2



Crambus pascuella x 2
Agriphila straminella x 2
Spilonota ocellana x 1

Garden Update

There are lots of recently fledged house sparrows around at the moment and we had a visit from a pair of Stock Doves. There are lots of young common/smooth newts in the pond at various stages of development.

Feeling fed up on Saturday with the rain, poor moth catch and events at Aston Villa (can't believe we have sold not just one but 2 of our best players! Ashley Young's departure was expected but surely we could have kept hold of Downing?!), I had a baking session to cheer myself up and provide some comfort food!

Raspberry and Cream Swiss Roll for tea! Yum!


Pete said...

stuff the moths my attention was grabbed by that LOVELY looking thing at the end..... now that is worth a second look!!

you've got a good keeper though....

Ragged Robin said...

LOL Pete! I thought you might prefer the cake to the moths :D

The keeper looks a good buy. But am very miffed at losing two such good wingers. Just hope N'Zogbia can be signed as I dread to think which winger is involved in back-up plans b and c! I really rate Albrighton - the young Villa winger though.

Stewart said...

Pete took the very words from my mouth ( he wouldn't have taken the cake thats for sure...)

Ragged Robin said...

LOL Stewart! Must admit it was very tasty if calorie laden! It disappeared within hours :D