Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Latest Moth Activity

I've only trapped occasionally since I last posted but some nice new additions to the garden list have been forthcoming in the form of Early Grey, Early Thorn, Powdered Quaker and Least Black Arches. It looked like the Least Black Arches might have been the earliest Northumberland record by a clear nine days! Subsequently after emailing TT it appears at least five were trapped over the weekend including at least one on 10th.
Early Grey Xylocampa areola
 Early Thorn  Selenia dentaria
 Powdered Quaker Orthosia gracilis
 Least Black Arches Nola confusalis

In addition Streamer and Shoulder Stripe were both new for the year and more dark Water Carpets began to appear last night.
Streamer Anticlea derivata

An interesting diversion with the kids involved transporting the many Hebrew Characters from conservatory to garden shrubs using a good old-fashioned multi-use lolly stick, after learning the name and it's key identification features of course.

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