Friday, 22 July 2016

PRETTY CHALK CARPET!

Found on our lounge windowsill today a dead Pretty Chalk Carpet!  At first glance I thought it was a Beautiful carpet then tried to fit it to Blue Bordered but its distinctive pattern can only be as titled.

There is a large mass of Traveller's Joy about 50 feet away from the window.  Grown over some years from a small plant Red gave me.
Could we have transported it here?  Only been to Anglesey in the last week.  Swansea the week before which is a possibility but I think I cleaned up between those dates!!
What are the rules on finding dead ones?  Ship assisted or escapee?!!
Trap will be out beside the plant tonight.

5 comments:

  1. I`d suggest that the moth came naturally ie it`s established on the Clematis. It may be worth trying a battery-run actinic next to the Clematis clump or - easier - try beating by day.

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  2. PS...did n`t notice your last sentence - good luck!

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  3. I have Pretty Chalk Carpet here in the garden at Orlandon Kilns solely because there is Traveller's Joy all around the garden (unfortunately!) and in the copse opposite - I have no idea why its here as it is not common in this part of Pembs. The moths come frequently to the outside light, often several at a time, and I do occasionally get them in a trap, either MV or Actinic.

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  4. I hope you find more moths on the Clematis Liz, it will be really good to add it to the county list with some certainty!

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  5. Lucky you Rosemary! I'm trying for another with traps but I'll also look for caterpillars.

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