Monday, 6 May 2013
Moths and Garden Update
GMS Week 10 - Saturday, 4th May
Minimum Temperature 5.1 degrees centigrade
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
I am still not trapping many moths but Saturday's catch included a rather cute Muslin Moth
2187 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasis) x 1
2063 Muslin Moth (Diaphora mendica) x 1 (NFY)
I ran the trap again last night - min temp 4.1 degrees centigrade.
The catch included a Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) (new for year)
a Clouded Drab and a Common Quaker
Blue Tit Update
The female Blue Tit finally started to incubate her eggs today and we finally got chance to see how many she had laid (last week when leaving the nest in the daytime she was covering them up that well that we couldn't see how many). She's laid ten - really pleased as its more than were laid in previous years. Since we bought the nest camera the number of eggs have been 2010 seven, and six in 2011 and 2012. This year's eggs should hatch between about 19th and 21st May.
The warm sunny weather has resulted in several butterfly species been sighted in the garden for the first time this year - 1st May Holly Blue, 5th May Small White and delighted to finally see the emergence of Orange Tips. Is there a lovelier butterfly and a sure sign that Spring really has arrived :)
Bleeding Heart is in flower in the garden.
Brian treated himself to some new Hanging Baskets and we've actually planted them early this year.
I thought I had lost my acer last year but was thrilled recently to see its survived and in full leaf. Just need to find a place somewhere in the garden for it and get it out of its pot.
The new waterfall is slowly weathering and looking more natural and we've put more plants in the rockery.
Marsh marigolds are starting to flower by the pond.
Violets have self-seeded all over the garden
and Wood Anemone (Wind Flowers) are flowering.
Tawny Mining Bees (Andrena fulva) have appeared over the last few days and are starting to build their miniature volcano shaped nests on the second lawn.
Cowslips are flowering in the mini wildflower meadow and have started to self seed. Now have six plants rather than just one.
Those who've been visiting for ages may remember that Brian re-seeded part of the wildflower meadow last year to try and get rid of couch grass and encourage the return of poppies. We also planted some Garlic Mustard seeds and I was over the moon to notice earlier this evening that a few plants have appeared this year and are just starting to flower.
Camelias are still in flower and
at long last winter flowering violas have started to put on a colourful display.