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
Thursday, 30 April 2015
Garden Moths in April
I've not had chance to go anywhere much this week except for chauffeuring E around (she's on holiday and its been her birthday so lots of meals with various friends and us!). I've been trying to plan various Surveys but running into problems over access from landowner and squares already being allocated :( I think sometimes I spend more time trying to organise these things than actually doing them!
The moth trap has been out on average around twice a week in April but am not trapping a great deal especially since the weather has gone so much colder. So just a few photos of this month's moths.
Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) - New for Year
I was still trapping Common Quakers (Orthosia cerasi) until mid month
Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) and Brindled Beauty (Lycia hirtaria) - Brindled Beauty was New for Year
This pug had me puzzled - I find most pug species hard to identify as they are small and never keep still as you can see from this photo. I had to email the County Recorder about my Emperor Moth cocoons (I've only had one emerge so far - a male with crumpled wings which was very sad) so I asked for confirmation of id of this particular one. Its a Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata) - New for Year.
I was really pleased to trap a Twin-spotted Quaker (Anorthoa munda) as these are rare visitors to my trap. Again New for Year.
and the lovely Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa) - New for Year
Garden Moth list now stands at 17 species for 2015.
Butterfly-wise we have had visits from Peacock and Comma and, until it went so much cooler, there were Orange Tips and Holly Blues galore plus Speckled Wood.
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