When I switched on the moth trap last night the temperature was 18.0 degrees centigrade and the minimum reached overnight was 10.6 degrees centigrade. So the night's are getting warmer and more moths are appearing.
When I went outside this morning I was really thrilled to see a red and black moth fluttering against the perspex - a Cinnabar (Tyria jacobaeae) and a garden tick! Instead of getting the camera and trying to get at least a record shot I made the stupid mistake of trying to pot it. Result - one escaped moth. I won't tell you what I said but it wasn't very polite! Typical for once I get a colourful moth and fail to get a photo but if you are not familiar with the species its wings are black with red lines along each outer forewing and two red splotches at the base of the wings.
Hidden inside one of the egg boxes was, if my id is correct, another new species for the garden - a Common Swift (Hepialus lupulinus)
Also trapped was a Shuttle-shaped Dart
and new for this year the micro moth Tachystola acroxantha. This was another moth that managed to escape my potting efforts so I've "cheated" a bit and used a photo I took of this species last year.
This brings the number of moth species in the garden this year up to 16 and the total number of moth species since I started trapping up to 138 species.
I took some photos of garden flowers last weekend when it was still cloudy and cold!
The Alium I bought a few weeks ago is now in flower - hopefully the warmer weather will mean more insects in the garden visiting flowers like this
The seedlings are growing well in the nectar friendly pot I planted with Nasturtiums, Candytuft and Calendula or Pot Marigold.
Clematis is putting on a superb display this year
Aquilegia's don't usually do very well in our garden but this one seems to like this spot. This flower is also known as Columbine or, my favourite, Granny's Bonnet.
More Azaleas plus Yellow Poppies are starting to bloom
A couple of pictures of the wildflower "meadow" - you can see the difference between the well-established part and the part re-seeded earlier this year. I suspect we may get lots of poppies later this year.
Another photo of Red Campion which is self-seeding in flower borders! I really do love this flower.
When Thyme starts to flower it is usually covered in bees but even though its so much hotter there still seems little bee activity in the garden.
A record-breaking night in Bedfordshire
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