First of all, thanks to Tony Morris for kindly allowing me to pinch this picture of a Pale Tussock moth from his Flickr collection. On 22nd, 25th and 30th May this year there were singletons of this species in my moth trap, but for some reason I didn't photo them. The story now continues...
This thing appeared on the side of the compost heap on Friday afternoon, and a quick check in Chinery identified it as a Pale Tussock caterpillar, which we assume was looking for somewhere to pupate
Spectacular and beautiful, isn't it?
Lately in my trap have been these autumn species, first an L Album Wainscot, possibly a migrant, possibly not, maybe you can make out the white "L" in it's wing
Difficult to get more autumnal than this Autumnal Rustic, I reckon
This one is a Brick, presumably the colour leads to it's name
This one is a Large Wainscot, about an inch long, and therefore large by wainscot standards
And now to day fliers, like thisSiver Y, which was one of two in the trap this morning
Later in the afternoon, as the sun was getting low in the sky, this Hummingbird Hawkmoth appeared at the Verbena bodensae flowers as we all sat at dinner - there has been one around all the last week
Still on the subject of Autumn, finches are beginning to dominate the species being caught in the mist nets, and flying up the South Foreland Valley. Redpoll, like this one, Siskin, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, and even 3 Crossbill this morning, and a possible single Woodlark
Later, about half-past One, an Osprey appeared from the South (must have flown directly over Tony Morris' garden!) and went purposefully off towards Ringwold, not all that high up either - sorry Tony