Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Garden Moths - GMS Week 4 Friday 27th March
Min Temp 6.7 degrees centigrade
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
Oak Beauty (Biston strataria) x 1
Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) x 1 (New for Year)
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) x 3
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) x 2
and I am pretty sure this is Beautiful Plume (New for Year) Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
The 2015 list for Garden Moths now stands at 10.
I have been checking my Emperor moth pupae daily. At the moment they are still outside in the Coal House as I am hoping they will emerge at the same time as those in the wild so that I can put one of the females in the garden and see if I can lure any male Emperor Moths from a local population (if one exists). I've bought them a rather expensive new cage so they have somewhere roomy to fly around in before I release them in Sutton Park which is the nearest local site that has a resident population. I do have the County Recorder's approval for this - in fact, it seems to be the release site for captive bred Emperors in Warwickshire! If all goes well and some moths do emerge I may keep just a few eggs this year to raise about 6 caterpillars. Last year I had up to 50 which was fine when they were tiny but it became very difficult to clean them out daily when they became larger.
I treated myself to some rather cute Bee socks the other day - aren't they lovely? :)
Sorry for lack of posts recently the whole family has gone down one after another with the most foul of viruses which starts with a dreadful sore throat and cough and then develops into a chest infection. Hopefully, we're now all on the mend! I shall scream if I don't get out into the countryside soon!!