Monday, 8 July 2013

Moths of 2013 - so far

No need to dwell on the low numbers and late appearance of moths this year, but it's all catching up fast now. On the 19th June there was this Campion lurking in the trap - it'a a new species for my trapping activities, and a lovely little moth it is, too

More prosaic was this Waved Umber, a master of disuise

and a super super Elephant Hawkmoth first appeared towards the end of June

Angle Shades is always a treat to see 

and the clean-ness of this Peppered Moth suggests the air quality hereabouts is pretty good

A delicate little Brimstone brought a bit of sunshine with it

This Silver Y was the first of several mid-month when, during a brighter and almost warm spell, two Painted Ladies also appeared in the garden

 I tried so hard to make this Common Carpet into a Galium Carpet, which it clearly wasn't when I studied this photo

A very unusual moth for this garden was this Ghost Moth, the first for a couple of years

Is this a Buff-tip moth, or a piece of  rotten birch twig?

Help please with this blighter, I've no idea except that it must be a micro-moth at about 1 cm across, but what a delicate insect

Pilot Officer Biggles put in an appearance in the form of this Spectacle moth, complete with flying goggles ( and a well - worn bonce, too)

Best moth of the year so far is this Eyed Hawkmoth from Sunday morning

when there were also these 2 beautiful Green Silver Lines in the trap too

and in the sky above, with me gardening in preparation for the Garden Safari, and not a camera handy, there came by a super Red Kite which stooged off towards Langdon Bay pursued by several Herring Gulls and a couple of Crows

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