Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Finally, a decent haul!

The numbers are starting to pick up at last and we had a great catch in our trap at The Lodge last week. The best crowd-pleasers were two lovely Lime Hawk-moths. The full list is as follows:

Pale Prominent 1
Pale Tussock 1
Nut-tree Tussock 4
Peppered Moth 1
Pine Beauty 2
Lesser Swallow Prominent 1
Incurvaria masculella 1
Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
Common Carpet 1
Spruce Carpet 1
Lime Hawk-moth 2
Knotgrass 1
The Miller 1
Flame Shoulder 1
Brindled Pug 1

Lime Hawk-moth 

Peppered Moth 

The Miller 

Pale Tussock

The moth of the month has to be the understated Brindled Pug. Each trap seems to yield at least one of these beasts. Not the most attractive things, but they have been causing much amusement for us when every single pug we seem to catch is one of them – “oh, and another Brindled Pug for the list”! When in doubt, call it a Brindled... We have also had a Green Pug and are keenly awaiting the arrival of some more of the non-brindled kind of pugs. Here’s hoping!

Other highlights this month have been Maiden’s Blush, Coxcomb Prominent, Frosted Green, Purple Bar and Least Black Arches. We’re still a bit low on the butterfly count (must try harder!) with 5 species so far, but the moth count is doing better on 49, which takes us just above the fifty mark at 54 species.

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