|A beetle negotiates my Leopard Moth. It went all the way to the end |
and then all the way back again
Hi there and it's great to join the Challenge though I will be well down with the wooden spoon brigade. But I've had huge enjoyment from my Robinson moth trap since my wife Penny gave it to me for my birthday in 2008, knowing that I had always wanted one since boyhood days when they were financially far out of reach.
|Garden Tiger - a moth I've always hoped for|
During five years in Leeds, I recorded a total of 205 macro moths and 36 micros (in which I was less interested until getting the brilliant new book on them last year), plus 19 types of butterfly. Then in April this year, we moved to the idyllic hamlet of Thrupp on the edge of Kidlington just north of Oxford, and since then I have recorded 138 macros and 25 micros, plus 18 butterfly species.
|Another which was only a dream in Leeds - our biggest |
resident moth, the Privet Hawk
|This Scarlet Tiger scampered off and ended up here - did it suss that the picture |
display window had an element of the dark shine in its wings?
I'll try to keep updating my total, which underestimates the actual number of species in the trap because I lack the patience and time to check them all (partly because I am the one in the household who makes the early morning tea). I've greatly enjoyed reading other entries on this blog and wish wonderful moths on one and all. I've added pics of some of my favourites above and below.
All warm wishes,
|Five of seven Elephant Hawks which arrived one night in June|
|Female Ghost Moths are two a penny here but this is |
the only male to have called
|The Blotched Emerald, maybe an unfair name for a very pretty moth|
|The Grass Rivulet, one of the most delicate of what I think of |
as 'Laura Ashley moths'
|I am a ragwort fan|
|Two big hairy gents; first a Lobster Moth|
|And a Drinker, a moth whose caterpillars we found high up |
on grass and bred at school
|The purity of the White Satin|
|This White Plume gradually unfolded its wings from a simple |
T-shape to a four-decker
|Another one I'd always hoped for: the Puss Moth. Now for its caterpillar...|
|The third of the 'Op-art Trio' with the Leopard |
and Puss moths, the Black Arches
|Showing its knee breeches: a recent Ruby Tiger|
|One of the most extraordinary of many odd shapes; a Lilac Beauty|