Monday, 15 July 2013
Latest on Garden Moths
I put out the moth trap several times last week and here's a few photos of the species I trapped on 9th and 11th July. (I've dispensed with summaries etc., at the moment as I am just desperately trying to get the blog up to date!!)
Lime Hawk Moth (New for Year)
Hawkmoths, unlike many other species, always seem very docile so here it is posing on a shrub and the sundial.
Sycamore (New for Garden)
Double-striped Pug (New for Year)
Flame Shoulder (New for Year)
Quite a lot of Garden Grass-veneers in the trap and several Crambus pascuella - see below
Really must try and find the time tackle micro id as I "encouraged" dozens to leave without potting. There were dozens of one species with very long antennae and brown and black striped bodies. I've even got the new Micro "bible" so I really should make more effort.
I was thrilled to trap Buff Tip - a new species for the garden.
What an amazing moth with the most incredible cryptic colouration.
Buff Tip's brilliant camouflage mimics a snapped-off piece of dead twig with flaking bark and one jagged end.
Here you can see it against Silver Birch Bark - would have been better posing on a branch but the branches were too high to reach!
As always please let me know if any of the id's are incorrect.