I put out the moth trap last night for the first time in two weeks. Overnight rain has been a problem recently!
This morning I found 3 individuals of Lunar Underwing - new for year.
Photos of two of the Lunar Underwings
Summary of Moths Trapped 21st September 2013
Minimum Temperature 13.9 degrees centigrade
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) x 12
2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes) x 6
2270 Lunar Underwing (Omphaloscelis lunosa) x 3 (New for Year)
1764 Common Marbled Carpet (Chlorocylsta truncata) x 1
0998 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) x 1
Still no Copper Underwings though - I usually trap dozens of these late summer so their non-appearance this year is rather a mystery. It looks as though we are in for a few more mild, dry nights so I will leave the trap out each night.
Ivy flowers are appearing in the garden and will provide a great nectar source for insects flying in the autumn. Am hoping one of these days to see an Ivy Bee!
Cosmos is still flowering profusely and plants are full of buds so we should get flowers for a while yet as long as we don't get any heavy overnight frosts.
Verbena bonariensis is still attracting butterflies, bees and hoverflies.
Michaelmas Daisies (one of my favourites) are starting to flower
and so are the sedums.
The mini wildflower meadow is now past its best with just a few ox-daisies, red campion and scabious still flowering. The plants will be cut down in a few weeks now flowers have had chance to set seed.
We have a huge crop of rowan berries in the garden - the most I have ever seen. Blackbirds and Wood Pigeons are enjoying a feast and the Whitebeam tree is full of berries too.
A pristine Speckled Wood basking in autumn sunshine on the kitchen window frame this afternoon.
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