Saturday, 3 August 2013
Peacock Flutter, Bee and Moths
Peacock butterfly in the garden which actually put in an appearance whilst (not after or before!) I was doing another Butterfly Count last week
Peacock (Aglais io)
The spectacular eyespots have evolved to confuse or startle predators. This species overwinters as a butterfly and breeds in Spring with the new brood emerging in July. Nettles are the caterpillar food plant. Named after Io who was ravished by Zeus!
Bumble Bee (White-tailed, I think) on Cosmos. We grew Cosmos for the first time last year and its so popular with bees and hoverflies that we plan to grow it every year.
Due to overnight rain I didn't put the moth trap out for a week but I set it up last Thursday evening, 31st July
Yellow Shell (New for Year)
Mother of Pearl - this particular one was a little worn but when you see a fresh specimen you can see how it gets its name. (New for Year)
Scarce Footman (New for Year)
You can see better in the second photo - how this species wraps its wings round its body.
Apart from a few species of micro moth on the Garden Moth Scheme list (and a few distinctive micros) that I recognise I still haven't made much effort to id the tiny "micro" moths even though I've bought the new micro "bible". However, I have decided to pot just a few of the dozens I get in the trap each trapping session to start having a serious attempt at identification.
I think this one might be Eudonia mercurella???? Any help welcome!
I often trap Ichneumon Wasps, Caddisflies and Shield Bugs, but it was interesting to note how many ladybirds were round the trap on Thursday. Most were Harlequins unfortunately but it was good to see a couple of native species.
Summary of Moths Trapped Thursday, 31st July
Minimum Temperature 16.3 degrees centigrade
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
1713 Riband Wave (Idaea aversata) x 5
2321 Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) x 8
2381 Uncertain (Hoplodrina alsines) x 27
1921 Scalloped Oak (Crocallis elinguaria) x 1
2198 Smoky Wainscot (Mythimna impura) x 1
2289 Knot Grass (Acronicta rumicis) x 1
2303 Straw Underwing (Thalpophila matura) x 9
2293 Marbled Beauty (Cryphia domestica) x 10
2441 Silver Y (Autographa gamma) x 1 (New for Year)
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) x 14
1937 Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) x 2
2343 Common Rustic (Mesapamea secalis) x 2
1742 Yellow Shell (Camptogramma bilineata) x 1 (New for Year)
1405 Mother of Pearl (Pleuroptya ruralis) x 5 )New for Year)
1362 Pyrausta aurata x 1 (New for Year)
2047 Scarce Footman (Eilema complana) x 1 (New for Year)
2318 Dun-bar (Cosmia trapezina) x 1 (New for Year)
1302 Crambus perlella x 3