I counted three hundred and eighty nine. I reckon I missed praps another twenty. That's over four hundred moths.
It has taken me all day to process them :-)
There were ninety different species, of which 19 were new for the year, and they have taken my total of Moth Species to visit here so far in 2014 up to two hundred and forty two. Last year's entire total was around the three hundred and eleven mark (although I only started in June last year), so I think it's safe to say we will beat that.
There were forty-one Rosy Footmen. They took the prize for visiting in the largest numbers....
There were thirteen Ruby Tigers: Beautiful but Grumpy, they flash their scarlet knickers whenever you ask them to move and generally stomp about in a temper (if things that fly can be said to stomp about). For all that I am rather fond of them....
There were two Dun-Bars, new for the year and Rather Handsome I always think. One is slightly darker than the other, which often happens in Moth World....
The Yellow Underwing Family were also Well Represented, with firstly this beautifully marked creamy/ lemony Broad-Bodied Yellow Underwing....
And then his cousin, the smaller and therefore aptly-named Lesser Broad-Bodied Yellow Underwing (the yellow refers to the pantaloons or petticoats, which are a bright yellow hue- they flash them when they are flying, or annoyed. It is Very Difficult to get a picture of these pantaloons/ petticoats. Believe me, I have tried. More than once). I like their stripy stockings. Very natty.
There were a few Large Yellow Underwings too but I didn't take any pictures of them as they had buried their heads inside the egg boxes and they are Grumpy too when you ask them to move :-(
Various Footmen were on good form, with Rosy, Four-Spot, Scarce, Buff, Dingy and Common (below) all well represented.
There was also this Mouse Moth, a species I have never seen before. I am indebted to DD on ispot for the ID :-) I had pegged it down as a 'faded' moth, of which we moth'ers get many. But in fact he is supposed to look like this. That'll teach me eh?
We also had a visit from a Chinese Character. This is only the second time I have seen this little moth who measures only a few mm and resembles nothing so much as a dollop of bird poo.....Quite Adorable :-)
Three Peppereds came a-calling....
The Prominents and Kittens also had Good Representation, with four Sallow Kittens being recorded, such as the one below who was snoozing on the warmth of the kitchen wall at six thirty this morning..
...and a Pebble Prominent and two Lesser Swallow Prominents. There was also an Iron Prominent but his piccy didn't come out so well so you'll just have to imagine him :-)
|Pebble Prom (see the pebble shape at the back of his wing?)|
|Lesser Swallow Prom (the white triangle on the edge of the wing goes less than half way. In Swallow Proms is goes all the way towards the head)|
And (not to be outdone in the silly names stakes) the Brown-Spot-Flat-Body or Agonopterix alstromeriana if you want the Intellectual And Bookish Latin (it's a good job we're not named for the way we look. Otherwise, at the moment I would be 'hair-needs-highlighting-shiny-faced-fat-belly').
Mother Of Pearls are biggish moths that come under the heading micro and I don't know why? They're on the last page of my Micro Moth Bible, as if the authors couldn't explain it either and stuffed them in there at the last minute in the hope no-one would notice and ask awkward questions. They are beautiful when their colours catch the light. We gets lots of them here (*I've just googled it and it's down to Family Classification, not size).
|And Being Curious among the greenery|
And finally, this beautiful female Ghost Moth (Hepialus humili humili), who I think must have been a tad stressed because she shed some eggs in the pot....
|Ghost Swift Eggs|
The larvae live underground for two years, feeding on plant roots among which they pupate, and they over-winter twice. The adult moth has no proboscis so does not feed. Ghost moths are found anywhere the food plant of the larvae exists (grasses, nettles, docks, burdocks, wild strawberry). They often live in areas where the ground has been disturbed and where what we would consider to be weed type plants become established. They are common throughout GB and Ireland, right the way up to Shetland and the Hebrides. The male is pure white with a fluffy orange head. I am Rather Fond Of Them.
Well, hope you've enjoyed all the Mothy Folk. I have about fifty scattered on the walls and ceiling here who will need ushering outside when darkness falls....
Tomorrow, L and I are off shoe shopping. Today, he had an end-of-term non uniform day and for some reason decided to wear trainers that are two sizes too small for him. Instead of texting me when he realised his mistake and asking me to bring in his school shoes or his crocs which fit him, he decided the best course of action was to take the trainers off and limp round shoeless.
Lord knows what his teachers thought. The lollipop lady who sees them safely across the main road on the walk back to the car clearly thought he was a neglect case judging from her concerned 'oh! You have no shoes, sweetheart!' Something that was doubtless compounded by the fact he was also wearing his favourite jeans which possess no knees, only ragged tears in the material where the knees once were. Thank God he wasn't also wearing the Evolution T-Shirt I innocently bought him for Christmas. It took me several months to work out that the last man in the line wasn't in fact holding up his hand to the others, but instead was making a rude gesture. Needless to say this T-Shirt isn't often parted from L's body, just like the knee-less jeans.
When I was his age I had a favourite cardigan that I absolutely loved and my mother detested. I also used to dye my hair every colour under the rainbow, and later got my nose pierced (the stud used to shoot out every time I sneezed so it didn't last long, but it drove my mother into apoplexy).
I'd love to hear your Teenage Rebellion Tales....
Have a good evening all,