"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

Friday, 1 June 2012

A Turnip?, Bee (Moths) and Nestlings

A belated report of the moths trapped on Monday night, 28th May. It was 20.2 degrees centigrade when I set up the trap at around 9.00 p.m. dropping to 11.5 degrees during the night.

More moths (including a couple of pugs and several micros) escaped than I potted but there were two Heart and Darts and

these two - I am pretty certain these are Bee Moths (new for the year).

I am not sure about this moth - I thought initially it was a Turnip Moth which would be a new species for the garden but, on reflection, is it just a colour variant of Heart and Dart? The wings look "wider" than Heart and Dart but it does have a faint black mark on its head (similar to the mark on H and D that looks like a flying bird)!

Edit - Many thanks to Ornithom from "Ripley Moths" for coming to my rescue - this is a Heart and Club! Sadly, my id skills show little sign of improving :)

Rather a nice surprise in the post yesterday

YES!!! Its finally arrived even if I do have to go teetotal for the month of June to pay for it!

I am very impressed - it includes loads of rather excellent photographs and artwork plus distribution maps and introductions and keys to the micro-moth families plus much much more. Unfortunately owning moth "bible" number 2 is no guarantee that I am going to be identify micros correctly - I am still struggling with macros see above! but what a lovely book.

Blue Tit Nestling Update

They are still doing fine, they are being fed regularly and are busy practising flight movements with their wings. I think they are likely to fledge within the next few days.

I took some more photos a few days ago from the tv screen - apologies for the exceedingly poor quality due to a combination of slow shutter speed, bird movement and a cheap nestbox camera! (Springwatch this isn't!) and taking the photo from the tv screen.

I have recorded some video so if I can ever persuade a member of the family to help me I will eventually try and put some on the blog.


Rohrerbot said...

That is so cool!!! I love the Blue Tits. As for your moth id book....I have a similiar one with the hummingbirds....and I spent more hours today than I should have to figure out what hummers I saw today.....just like the moths; some of them are really tricky to id! But that makes us better people at id'ing critters:) I'm starting to watch flight patterns to help me figure out if the hummer is different.

Ragged Robin said...

Chris - Many thanks - its amazing how quickly time flies when you are trying to id something - when I first started moth-ing I would spend hours on just one moth! Flight patterns can be useful for birds and also some butterflies.

Toffeeapple said...

That looks like a very useful book, I hope it will enlighten you!

Love the shot of the two open-mouthed Blue Tits.

I sent for the Collins Complete Guide to British Wild Flowers (paperback version) it was £5.47 including p&p from Alibris a bargain price I thought.

ShySongbird said...

The book sounds and looks good, I must get mine ordered although not having a moth trap I'm not sure I can justify the outlay....as I've said before though, I do like my Nature books ;-)

Good to know the Blue Tits are doing well, I love those big gaping mouths...feed me, feed me!! ;-)

Ragged Robin said...

Toffeeapple - That sounds a very good price for the Collins Wildflower guide - I will visit Alibris website! I hope you enjoy it when it arrives. One of the great things about flower id is that they do not move or fly away :)

ShySongbird - The moth book came in to British Wildlife the week before last so they should have plenty of copies :) I am very naughty when it comes to buying books especially nature ones especially as I have totally run out of room and bookcases - many that I can't bear to part with are in storage boxes.

"feed me, feed me," your comment made me laugh. They are still there today - the mother is still sometimes trying to brood them. Although its gone that cold I think she is trying to get warmth off them as they look very snug in the box!

Ornithom said...

Hi Mrs Robin,

Your mystery moth looks remarkably like Heart & Club (not a moth I have caught unfortunately), very similar to Heart and Dart as you noted in your post.

Kind regards

Steve T

Ragged Robin said...

Ornithom - Hi Steve - Thanks so much for the id help - its really much appreciated. I have only caught one Heart and Club before but never a Turnip! Hence my wishful thinking :)
Best wishes