Monday, 10 March 2014
Garden Moths and Flowers
I've had quite a few moth trapping sessions recently and this year has got off to a much better start than last :)
Garden Moth Scheme Week 1 Friday 28th February
Min Temperature -0.9 degrees centigrade
and no moths!
Monday 3rd March produced a White-shouldered House Moth in the garage
Garden Moth Scheme Week 2 Friday, 7th March
Min Temperature 2.8 degrees centigrade
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) x 1 (NFY)
Saturday, 8th March
Min Temperature 7.1 degrees centigrade
Oak Beauty (Biston strataria) x 1 (NFY)
Emmelina monodactyla x 2 (NFY)
Oak Beauty is one of the most beautiful moths
Here's a photo of its rather cute and cuddly face :)
Sunday, 9th March
Minimum Temperature 4.6 degrees centigrade
Dotted Border (Agriopis marginaria) x 1 (NFY)
Dotted Border (dark form) F. fuscata x 1
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) x 3
Emmelina monodacytla x 1
Dotted Border - another beautiful moth (the females are wingless)
I am pretty sure this is the dark form of Dotted Border but please let me know if I'm wrong
Emmelina monodactyla looking like a little biplane and yes it was ready to take off hence the photo in the pot!
A photo of my 15w Actinic Skinner Trap - looking a bit worn now. Note the perspex has broken in places!
The garden really seemed to come to life yesterday in the warm sunshine. I saw my first garden butterflies of the year - two Small Tortoiseshells plus a few dark coloured flutters unfortunately too far away to identify although I think probably Peacock or Red Admiral. Several Bumble Bees were seen again at distance but there was a Queen Tree Bumble Bee nectaring on the patio. Frogs and Common Newts can now be seen seen moving around in the pond.
A few photos of Spring flowers
Daffodils are starting to flower
I had an afternoon out with a friend last week and we popped to her local nurseries where I bought a few plants
I finally treated myself to a Hellebore although I bought this on the way home from the supermarket. It was only £5 and half the price of similar sized plants at the nurseries.
Bellis Perennis and Thyme bought for the rockery
and I think I'll put this Snakeshead Fritillary in the wildflower "meadow"
There were lots of feathers scattered round on the upper lawn - it looks as though the local Sparrowhawk has been busy.
I treated myself to a new garden Gnome today. I'm reading "The Little Grey Men" by "BB" at the moment - a tale of the last four gnomes in Britain who live in a Warwickshire Brook. I think I might name the new gnome after one of the gnomes in the book - Dodder, Baldmoney, Sneezewort or Cloudberry?