I wasn't able to get out and about last week as, after husband's car had an unfortunate encounter with a flash flood, he "commandeered" mine so its yet another post on moths! Luckily husband's picked up a hire car now so hopefully, weather permitting, I'll be able to go somewhere this week.
A few moth photos from last Thursday's trapping session
Edit doh!! :) Cant believe I got this one wrong - thanks so much to Bennyboymothman for the correction - its Straw Underwing!
I've been having a bit of a debate on Twitter as to whether this is Foxglove or Toadflax pug. We think the former because the central cross band on outer edge is kinked rather than curved. Apparently its very late for a Foxglove Pug so I've emailed the County Recorder for his opinion.
Edit - Thanks to Bennyboymothman for confirming this as Foxglove Pug - they are still around - please see his comment
The photo below of two Marbled Beauties illustrates the problems you can face when taking moth photos. When I tipped this pair out of the pot the one remained obligingly still for a few seconds whilst the other was immediately ready to flee.
Smoky Wainscot (I hope - Common and Smoky are very similar!!)
I decided to pot a few micros to attempt id but already struggling with this plume species
Edit Huge thanks again to Bennyboymothman for identifying the Plume as Platyptilia pallidactyla
(In some ways I am improving id wise as this was on my short list of two possibles :) )
and I am not sure what this moth is - I think its a Wave but I don't trap many. Its tiny - wingspan only about 15mm
Edit - Really can't than Bennyboymothman enough for all his help - this is Small Dusty Wave
If anyone has ideas re: the last two please leave a comment and also if any of the earlier id's look incorrect.
Summary of Moths Trapped Thursday, 25th July
Minimum Temperature 13.8 degrees centigrade
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
1713 Riband Wave (Idaea aversata) x 4
2321 Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) x 9
2381 Uncertain (Hoplodrina alsines) x 38
1921 Scalloped Oak (Crocallis elinguaria) x 1
2160 Bright-line Brown-eye (Lacanobia oleracea) x 2
2198 Smoky Wainscot (Mythimna impura) x 1
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) x 2
2289 Knot Grass (Acronicta rumicis) x 1
1378 Phlyctaenia coronata x 1
2343 Common Rustic (Mesapamea secalis) x 1
2293 Marbled Beauty (Cryphia domestica) x 7
2340 Middle-barred Minor (Oligia fasciuncula) x 1 Edit This should be Straw Underwing!
2434 Burnished Brass (Diachrysia chrysitis) x 1
1817 Foxglove Pug (Eupithecia pulchellata) x 1 tbc Edit now confirmed
To finish off a few photos from around the garden
The rockery replanted last year after the waterfall was constructed is starting to look more established
Wild carrot is dominating the wildflower mini meadow
but there is still a lot of St John's Wort - much loved by bees and hoverflies
One of these days when I have sorted out who on earth will look after them when we are on holiday I will keep hens but in the meantime I've treated myself to a wire one! She is not in permanent position - have still to decide where I want her to go.
And tomatoes are finally starting to form on the plants - only pea size at the moment.
My BBC Springwatch SOS Wildflower Trough (3)
9 minutes ago