The ironing is piling up nicely, and the spiders think Christmas is here with the amount of midges on the windowsill.
There is a moth in every room just waiting to be rescued and I've taken to Twitter to follow "Moth people" !
My family are use to my , shall I say slightly obsessive behaviour. When I like some thing I like it a lot, remember all the sheep photos a little while back...
For the past few weeks I've read, watched and read some more all about moths, hoping to get better at I.D them so I don't look like a right noob on iSpot when I post my photos .
|Grey or Dark Dagger ((Acronicta psi/tridens))|
Like the Dagger moth, which I think looks like it has been trampled by a bird with inky feet.
It's very hard to tell the two apart except by examination of the genitalia, I might need something a little stronger than my reading glasses for that!
|Common Wainscot (Mythimna pallens)|
The next thing you get to learn is there are many moths that are the same but just a different colour, which is OK until you learn that many moths look the same but have a different name !
Even the experts can't agree sometimes, as this moth could be a Smoky Wainscot
|Mottled Beauty (Alcis repandata)|
Coming in all shapes and sizes, some much pretty than others.
Thursday night was the night the moth trap went out, it had been a warm day which is a good start and rain was not promised till later Friday.
I did sit out and watch the moths come in for over an hour, I mentioned to OH that it was better than TV and we could set a camera up to watch it from in side, did not quite catch what his reply was!
|Flame (Axylia putris)|
|Swallow-Tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria)|
I had many new moth this night including four Swallow-tailed which are so beautiful.
|Lempke's Gold Spot (Plusia fistulae/putnami)|
I think this has to be one of my favourite ones of the night, the colourers are stunning,
Beautiful as a Butterfly
|Spectacle (Abrostola tripartita)|
|Snout (Hypena proboscidalis)|
|Small Magpie (Eurrhypara hortulata)|
|Common Yellow Conch (Agapeta hamana)|
Light box catch 10/7/15
15 New Moths
51 Total garden moths
So that is during the night but during the day I have been of looking ......
|5 spot Burnet moth|