Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Moths and things

There has been a better catch of moths this spring than for a couple of years - here's a selection
First is a first for this trap, a Scalloped Hazel, beautiful understated and subtly coloured moth. Surprising I haven't seen one before seeing as there's plenty of hazel around the garden

Brimstone moth isn't uncommon here, but it IS a beautiful creature

Another first this season is Square Spot Rustic, a frequent catch

Shears too are common, but this year they are an early presence in the trap

First Setaceous Hebrew Character this morning, there will be hundreds later in the year

After lots of poring over my Waring and Townsend, I concluded this is an unusually dark Heart and Dart, what do you think?

Another new one for the season, hundreds of these Large Yellow Underwing will be around later

Rustics are early too this year, and the Early Grey is actually a bit late for this garden, tho' not the first by 5 weeks

Out walking yesterday this Corn Bunting was very confiding, and he rattled his keys well for us

Lots of spring flowers, even common ones, look good now

Dog walking is a pleasure this time of year too
Now, can anyone tell me what this is, found on a gatepost up on the Barrow Mount

Less time for model railways now, but some progress building retaining walls out of hardboard, not bad eh?

there's also a new footbridge and the beginnings of the station building

next to come is the painted backscene - unlike these two, it will need to be an urban one, something of a challenge to my feeble painting skills

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