The cold weather and what seems like never-ending rain means I haven't bothered putting the moth trap out much recently. Monday night was dry so I did try a trapping session then.
Minimum overnight temperature was only 7.3 degrees centigrade and there were only four macro moths in the trap. I am a trifle concerned that I never find any moths on the outside of the trap and suspect the robin has already paid a visit by the time I get up and get round to emptying the trap.
Another Common Swift was the first to be potted followed by this lovely little moth - a Silver Y - its easy to see how this species got its name!
I also found a Scalloped Hazel - again a lovely moth so here's another photo!
Last of all this bedraggled and very worn species of Carpet. Despite his appearance he was very lively hence the only photograph I managed to take was in the pot. I find carpets, like pugs, hard to identify especially when they are as ragged as this one but I think it is probably a Garden Carpet. Sorry the photo is under the summary! I've managed to get the post out of order whilst typing!
Edit - Many thanks to Dean from DDD and Ornithom from Ripley Moths for their id help. The Carpet would appear to be Spruce Carpet (with a possibility of Grey Pine - Ornithom mentions how difficult they are to tell apart under "Comments" even when not worn!)
Summary of Moths Trapped - Monday, 4th June
Minimum temperature 7.3 degrees centigrade
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
1728 Garden Carpet ?? (Xanthorhoe fluctuata) x 1 would be New for Year
Edit - Probable Spruce (or possible Grey Pine Carpet) see comments below! Thanks again to Dean and Ornithom.
0017 Common Swift (Hepialus luminus) x 1
2441 Silver Y (Autographa gamma) x 1 New for Year
1920 Scalloped Hazel (Odontopera bidentata) x 1
On one of the dry days last week I took a few photos of the garden.
Valerian is in flower - this plant is a brilliant magnet for insects and it always reminds me of Cornish hedgerows and coastlands - it seems to grow everywhere in Cornwall
Yellow Flag is starting to come into flower in the bog garden at the side of the pond
The orange Azalea is now in bloom
The difference between the older established part of the wildflower meadow and the newly seeded part is now very obvious (I hope I haven't lost all the Ox-eye Daisies and St John's Wort!)
Red Campion, Buttercups, Ribwort Plantain, Burnet and Vetch are now flowering
White Lilac is flowering well this year - much better than the purple variety in our garden
Returning to normality . . .
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