I was wrong. There were 53 mothy people in the box, with a total of 16 new species. This brings my haul for the year so far to nearly 300 moths and 40 new species, some of whom are also new for the garden (meaning I've never seen them before).
Last night's batch held some Old Familiars from last year as well as the newcomers. It was a Joy to see them again and made me think of summer coming, especially as several escaped when I brought the box in and took up residence on the walls and windows in the breakfast room, reminding me forcibly of Moth Days during the height of summer last year when the whole room would be taken over by hundreds of night-time people fast asleep on every available surface. I warned L when he came home from school that the moths were all out- he walked in and waved to them all :-)
|Brimstone (not seen since the late summer)|
|Chocolate Tip in normal pose (last seen last winter)|
|Grumpy choc tip whizzing his wings pre-take off|
|Choc Tip Front View|
|Early Thorn (new for year)|
|Frosted Green (new for the year and the garden- Very Exciting)|
|Grey Pine Carpet (new for the year)|
|Knot Grass (new for the year)|
|Pebble Hook-Tip (new for the year)|
|Pebble Hook-tip on the window|
|Hurrah! The White Ermines are back!|
|White Ermine, one of my favourite moths (new for the year)|
|Small Phoenix (new for the year)|
|Lesser Swallow Prominent (new for the year)|
|v-pug (new for the year)|
As well as all the super moths, there were six Large Beetles in the box and one on the table outside. I couldn't fathom what they were to start with, only really having seen (and heard) them flying at night before, when they are often so clumsy they fly into you. They are May Bugs of course (or cockchafers). May Bug numbers took a terrible plunge in the mid 20th century thanks to pesticides, but since tougher controls on the use of these horrid things were put in place their numbers are now recovering- they had become locally extinct in some areas :-(
Poppy obviously hadn't heard about the need to Look After May Bugs, because she grabbed the first one I put out in the flowers and ran off with him. Fearing the worst, I ran after her and managed to grab her. She dropped the bug, who just got up and started walking up her nose. They have sticky feet, and she didn't enjoy the experience very much. This served her right for snatching it in the first place. Anyway, May Bug none the worse for wear and Poppy hopefully has learnt not to pick them up (although I doubt it).
I think they are FAB, and had to take lots of pictures because they are So Adorable up close in the daylight. I absolutely love their little feathery antennae (see fourth pic down). The last pic is technically a bit furry, but how could anyone resist that little face and those dear little feathers?......
Introducing The May Bug Gallery:
Have a great weekend all,