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
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!
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