Sunday, 11 May 2014

Look what I found in the garden

The garden here been an interesting place to be this week, firstly because this little beauty was in the trap on Tuesday morning, a Peach Blossom

In spite of it's name, it likes to eat Brambles when it's a caterpillar - smasher isn't it?

The first Common Marbled Carpet of the year was pretty enough but not ever so well marked

This, however, was a bit special. It was found in the evergreen Honeysuckle (also known as Henry's Honeysuckle - Lonicera henryi - by the front door yesterday
By my reckoning it's a Hummingbird Hawkmoth caterpillar, but if not please tell me what it is
Thanks to Claire (see comments) who has identified it as a Copper Underwing caterpillar - thanks Claire

Also this week I returned with Ian Roberts to the Heronry at Lympne, where, thanks to his help, we managed to find 13 nests, a huge improvement on the six I counted earlier. At least three were new nests and another 3 seemed to be in a "new" tree in a different part of the wood, maybe displaced by a fallen nesting tree last winter
While in the wood, electric eyes Ian also found this superb little moth which didn't photograph well in the dark and with his 'phone, but you can see well enough it's a Mocha, a bit of a rarity I believe
Now all we need is a Latte, and a Cappuchino perhaps!!


  1. I wonder if it is a Copper Underwing caterpillar.

  2. Thanks Claire, I'll check it out and report back