The box was out last night and, because the nights are relatively mild at the moment, the moths were out in numbers with 123 in the box. There has been a shift over the past month towards autumnal species, which is what you would expect given that October is knocking on our door. Autumn moths come in a range of burnt umbers, pale yellows and deep oranges to match the falling leaves, or else they are dark and Gothic.
We are also inundated with hornets. These
Luckily, there were only a handful of deceased moths to sort out this morning as well as two more-perky-than-I'd-have-liked hornets (Poppy thought it would be fun to pick one up as it crawled across the patio- luckily she dropped it when I yelled at her and no stinging occured); the other moths were all safely asleep inside the egg boxes with a few dozing on nearby leaves.....
|Pink Barred Sallow|
|Another Pink Barred Sallow|
|Pyrausta Aurata (a small micro moth)|
|The aptly-named Yellow Tail|
I've had a much better year butterfly-wise. Last year I noted down 24 species and this year I have seen 36. I have gone out actively seeking them, which has helped, and I've been doing surveys too. I've also had expert help from Dave who has a wealth of knowledge about species ID, and I've seen new species at home that weren't here last year (skippers, small copper, purple emp). This is possibly because of changes we've made to habitat, but maybe also because I'm more aware of them so I notice them.
My 2014 butterfly species list (seen out and about as well as at home) consists of:
Green veined white
Silver spotted skipper
Dark green fritillary
Silver washed fritillary
There are about fifty eight British butterfly species, some of whom you can only see in specific sites in Scotland and in coastal areas, so I reckon I've done quite well with 36.
Right, I'm off to put some polish on an assignment. Wishing you all a peaceful and productive day,