Tuesday, 26 May 2015
A Few Moths
May continues to be a disappointing month for moths. I did see a Mint Month (Pyrausta aurata) in the garden flying around Red Valerian about a foot away from a mint plant earlier this month. Trapping sessions on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th May produced no moths at all.
This weekend I trapped just a handful of moths.
Friday 22nd May (Min temp 9.0 degrees centigrade)
Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella) x 1 (New for Year)
Shuttle Shaped Dart x 1
Tachystola acroxantha x 2 (New for Year)
Shuttle Shaped Dart - a common and widespread moth. The larvae feed on herbaceous plants such as Dandelion and Dock.
Bee Moth - another common species often found round bee and wasp nests and beehives. The larvae feed on debris and contents of wasp and bee nests.
Tachystola acroxanthat This tiny moth has undergone a rapid range expansion following its accidental introduction on garden plants from Australia. The larvae feed on fallen leaves and leaf litter.
On Sunday, 24th May, I spotted a White-shouldered House Moth in the garage (new for year)
Monday, 25th May (Min temperature 10.3 degrees centigrade)
Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) x 2 (New for Year)
Another common and widespread moth in Britain. Found in all sorts of habitats. Larvae feed on herbaceous plants such as Ribwort Plantain and Fat Hen.
The total number of species for 2015 now stands at 23.
Recently fledged House Sparrows
and Great Tits are being fed around the garden by their parents.