Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Mothing

Those of you who follow my exploits on Twitter might have noticed a big upturn in tweets regarding Moths in the last few months! This is not a new passion but an old one that has re-surfaced again and was aided by being furloughed and locked-down for 3 months, which gave me the time and opportunity I've been missing for a few years (basically before the kids came along) to re-engage all things Lepidoptery - and I'm loving it!

The early morning starts have been a bit tougher since I've returned to work but the blood-shot eyes and lack of sleep is all worth it when you're rewarded with a new moth for the garden list - This currently stands on 128 for the year. In Moth terms it's not a particularly big total but it does go to show what's possible with a simple Skinner Moth Trap in a urban London garden with a little bit of sacrifice and effort.

Here are a few the highlights of the Marcos so far, nothing out of the ordinary but a good cross-section of Moths - If you're lucky I might even do another post with some of the Micros!

Moths, Teammoth, Mothsmatter
Bird's Wing
Moths, Teammoth, Mothsmatter
Lime Hawk-Moth
Moths, Teammoth, Mothsmatter
Pale Prominent
Moths, Teammoth, Mothsmatter
Small Magpie
Moths, Teammoth, Mothsmatter
Cypress Carpet
Moths, Teammoth, Mothsmatter
Maiden's Blush
Moths, Teammoth, Mothsmatter
Gypsy
Moths, Teammoth, Mothsmatter
Oak Processionary
Moths, Teammoth, Mothsmatter
Grey/Dark Dagger agg
Moths, Teammoth, Mothsmatter
Oak Hook-tip
Moths, Teammoth, Mothsmatter
Angle Shades
Moths, Teammoth, Mothsmatter
Small Blood-vein
Moths, Teammoth, Mothsmatter
Yellow Shell
Moths, Teammoth, Mothsmatter
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Moths, Teammoth, Mothsmatter
Tree-lichen Beauty
Moths, Teammoth, Mothsmatter
Scalloped Oak
Moths, Teammoth, Mothsmatter
Ruby Tiger
Moths, Teammoth, Mothsmatter
Toadflax Brocade
Moths, Teammoth, Mothsmatter
Mother of Pearl


2 comments:

  1. Some great images! How can you be sure the dagger is Grey as I thought Grey/Dark Dagger were only reliably identified as larvae without a dissection?

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  2. Very true - As I'm not a big fan of dissection, I'm happy to amend the description. Cheers for the comment!

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