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.
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