A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
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?
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