Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Quality, but not much quantity

Although the next few nights' forecast looks pretty grim (cold, clear), and last night (21st May) wasn't that productive, the 20th produced a nice variety - 19 species easily the biggest range of the year so far, but no more than two of any species present. Still, seven of the species were new for the year, and five of those new to the garden altogether, so nothing to complain about. We thought Iron Prominent, Pale Tussock and White Ermine rather spectacular, and I enjoyed the ID challenge of Rustic Shoulder-Knot, Red Twin-spot Carpet and Agonpterix arenella. However, we've also had our first aggregate of the year, in the form of a Grey-or-Dark-Dagger - however, I believe they count towards the Challenge, so happy to claim it!

Iron Prominent, 20th May

Pale Tussock (male), 20th May

White Ermine, 20th May

Rustic Shoulder-knot, 20th May
It would be nice if the weather could stay pleasant for more than two days at a time, but it's nice to see such a variety of moths around anyway.

1 comment:

  1. I've not come across moths as hairy as the White Ermine and Pale Tussock in my country.