A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"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
Sunday, 14 April 2013
Garden Moths, Frogs and Nesting Activity
I put out the moth trap on Friday night for GMS Week 7 and was pleased to find 2 moths yesterday morning
"Emmelina mondactyla" - very delicate plume moth looking like a little glider. I love the name too - I think if I had been mothing when my daughter was born she might have been named Emmelina rather than Emily! Apart from the fact that I liked the name Emily was named after my grandmother Emily whose second name was Selina so Emmelina would have worked rather well :)
Hebrew Character - the name is derived from the dark wing marking and its resemblance to the Hebrew letter Nun.
GMS Week 7
Friday, 12th April
Minimum temperature 3.9 degrees centigrade
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
1524 Emmelina monodactyla x 1 (NFY)
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) x 1 (NFY)
NFY = New for Year
Last night in the garage near to the trap I found my first Common Quaker of the year - it had probably been hiding deep in the recesses of the trap but I haven't included it for GMS
Common Quaker (Orthosia ceras)
Sorry for lack of italics for latin names - still can't get blogger to insert them!!
We switched on the nestbox camera yesterday and the female Blue Tit has been busy taking in nesting material - lots of moss and bast (thin grass-like strips of inner bark). Sorry - not the best of photos it was taken from the TV screen
Great news on the frog front we finally have some frogspawn - it looks as though about nine clumps have been laid and there are lots of frogs moving around in the pond. No photo this year of the frogspawn - instead of laying in the shallows as they usually do its in deeper water in the middle of the pond and sinking already. The frogs are very nervous this year so no photos this year either unless I succeed later. Have discovered that one of the local magpies seems to have taken a liking for frogs - in fact a dash up the garden this morning saved one of them. This probably and, sadly, accounts for the three dead frogs found near the pond.
14th April is the latest date we have ever recorded for the appearance of frogspawn. Previous latest date was 31st March.
I'll leave you with a photo of a pair of frogs "in amplexus" taken last year.
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