305 New Moth Species have visited our Hampshire Garden since June 2013.
Last night was a Bumper Night as far as recent outings go for the Moth Box. Conditions must have been just about Moth Perfect because there were moths everywhere when I went outside to check this morning. As well as being inside and on the edges of the Moth Box, they were also hidden in the grass, tucked inside leaves, settled in crevices on the fence posts, hiding beneath the table and asleep on the wall and the windows.
There were lots of beautiful shapes and colours and amid them all a Grand Total of 8 New Species, which took my total over the Holy Grail of 300 I had set myself earlier in the year so I was Thrilled.
Always a joy to see these. This one is fast asleep- no pupil visible in the eye
One of my all-time favourite moths: the Angle Shades
Awake- see the pupil?
Angle Shades side view
The beautiful cape-like draped wings of the Angle Shades
A male Four-Spotted Footman
Much bigger than the other footmen
Barred Sallow (new species for me)
Apols for blurry pic- he was outside and it was the best I could get
Beaded Chestnut (new species)
Blair's Shoulder Knot (new species)
Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing
About 20 odd of these in the box today
Chestnut (new species)
Only just appearing here- lovely markings
Common Marbled Carpet
Sorry for blurry pic, but I wanted to show you the difference between this one and the one below
Dark Marbled Carpet
The angle of the marbling helps tell them apart because colour-wise they can be very similar indeed, although these two aren't.
Deep Brown Dart (new species)
A Very Handsome Moth don't you agree?
Feathered Thorn (new species)
Feathered Thorn head-on (I love the horns!)
I will never tire of showing you these astonishingly beautiful moths with their amazing markings: The Frosted Orange.
This Frosted Orange was asleep on a blade of grass, bless him.
A perfect Light Emerald, who was resting on a leaf outside in the garden. If you look closely you can just see a Sallow asleep on the leaf to the top right (it's the blob of yellowy/orange)
(lots and lots of these about- they are real Autumn moths)
Another Sallow, this one more marked, hiding in a leaf
Variation on a theme: Pale Lemon Sallow (new species) wide awake and preparing for take off!
And I've only just found this beautiful Blood Vein, fluttering around inside. She must have been here all day and escaped from the box before I noticed. I wonder who else is here that I haven't seen?
Hope you've enjoyed today's Magical Moths. It'll be Moth Season for a while yet- believe it or not there are moths who fly over winter, so there will be more to come. Wonder what the total will be by the end of the year?
I'll leave you with a picture of the Faithful Hound, who is scratching at the mo. I suspect fleas and rather think it's time for some new bedding for him....
Have a good evening all,