Wednesday, 24 June 2015
A Few Moths
Moth trapping sessions recently have been dominated by Heart and Dart and the Large Yellow Underwings have also started to appear.
A few photos of moths trapped in the last 10 days.
I am really over the moon with this Maiden's Blush (Cyclophora punctuaria) which is a new species for the garden.
Larvae feed on Sessile and Pedunculate Oak. According to the "Larger Moths of Warwickshire" by the County Recorder, David Brown, the moth is found locally in broadleaved woodlands in the County and its occasionally recorded from gardens in the vicinity of Oak trees. We do have at least a dozen oak trees about a quarter of a mile away or less (I am always hoping they will produce a Merveille du Jour for me one day!).
Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa. New for Year. Larvae feed on various grasses. Not 100 per cent sure about this identification so please let me know if I am wrong.
Silver y (Autographa gamma) A Common migrant from Europe. Often seen in the daytime nectaring on various flowers. In our garden it loves Red Valerian. Larvae feed on stinging nettles, brassicas, clovers, hedge bedstraw and legumes. (New for Year).
Buff Ermine - love this moth so another photo!
Middle-barred Minor (Oligia fasciuncula (New for Year). Larvae feed on various grasses.
Uncertain (yes, there is a species of moth with this name!) (Hoplodrina octogenaria) have started to appear in large numbers. This species is easily confused with Rustic!
Finally, a worn Pug. Pugs are notoriously difficult to identify and when they are worn like this one I more or less give up! They are also very active moths and its difficult to get a decent photo even after they have been chilled in the fridge.
Apologies I finished the post in a rush due to family complaining I spend all my time on Blogger!!!
Meant to say that I have done a #30 Days Wild post on my other Blog - Ragged Robin's Nature Notes and to give the sad news that the last Blue Tit chick also died. Not sure of the reasons why the clutch failed - there may have been a lack of caterpillars?