Monday 10 March 2014

Early moth at last

Encouraged by the appearance of a Peacock butterfly in the garden yesterday we put a moth trap out over night. What a lovely surprise to find 40 moths this morning (the same trap in the same position two nights ago gave us one Common quaker). 14 macro moth species: Early grey 8, Oak beauty 6, Common quaker 6, Pale brindled beauty 2, Grey shoulder-knot 2, Clouded drab 2, Hebrew character 2, Small quaker 2, Chestnut 2, singletons of Early moth, Double-triped pug, Brindled pug, Satellite, Red chestnut. We were pleased to see our first Early moth of the year wondering if they had suffered in the cold weather last year.
Early moth

Red chestnut

Just two micros, a Common plume and a Mompha divisella/bradleyi, further investigation needed to determine which it really is.
Mompha divisella/bradleyi (Wing length 6mm)

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