Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Good enough to eat

It’s still fairly slow here in Cambridge, but the trap has been turning up some species that I’ve never seen before like this Chocolate-tip:

Some further new species to me have been the Bee Moth, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Yellow-barred Brindle and the beautiful little micro Argyrotaenia ljungiana. Other highlights have included Early Grey and Clouded Drab (yes, I know what you’re thinking – not the most exciting looking or named moth, but I love these beasts for some reason!).

 Argyrotaenia ljungiana

Yellow-barred Brindle

There have been a lot of butterflies around in the garden as well. A Speckled Wood arrived a few weeks ago and continues to challenge any butterfly, bird, or indeed anything that comes into its territory.  I've been pleased to see that the Holly Blues have been egg laying on the Ivy trailing over our fence and some Small Whites have also become regular visitors. Last weekend an Orange-tip and a Brimstone fluttered across the garden while I was enjoying the sunshine and these were later joined by a Brimstone moth, which posed nicely for a photo.

The total so far is 27 species (20 moths + 7 butterflies).

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