The box was dominated by Large Yellow Underwings, as it has been for quite some time now, as well as Blair's Shoulder Knots who started turning up here last week. There was also a Nice Selection of Autumnal Sallows as you'd expect for this time of year.
Pink Barred Sallow
Moving On To Other Species, there were a few Frosted Oranges both in the box and in the leaves and grasses outside it. These will always be one of my favourite moths because of their astonishing pattern and vibrant colours. Also in and around the box were Black Rustics, several Red Green Carpets which are Doing Very Well here at present, a couple of Common Marbled Carpets (both colour variations) and a Dark Sword Grass, which is known rather excitingly as the Black Cutworm in America.
Red Green Carpet
Common Marbled Carpet
Dark Sword Grass, a migrant that flies over to the UK but does not breed here
While Hunting Moths around the garden I discovered this Intriguing Beetle on a leaf. I'd never seen one before and discovered he is a kind of Rove Beetle of which there are 1000 species. This one, in case you're interested, is Paederus Littoralis. Thank goodness he was so distinctive or I would have really struggled to ID him!
It's a Grey Dagger moth caterpillar.
It was Spider Web City outside first thing too and while I'm not a spider person I can and do admire their handiwork when it comes to Web Creation. The healing tradition that I am a part of uses the symbolism of the spider's web to understand one's path through life. It's called the Strands of the Brocade, and the thinking is that you follow one strand until you come to a segment where the strand joins another, at which point you may choose to continue with the same strand or to turn off it in another direction. The same goes for the people that travel with you: some will remain on the same strand of the brocade with you for all or most of your life heading in the same direction, while others turn off.
I'll leave you with a Splash Of Colour from some honeysuckle which is still persevering in the garden....
And one of my New Species from today, the Rather Pretty Red-Line Quaker.....
Till Next Time,