Monday, 20 July 2009

A Bit Of Both

A slightly smaller catch than usual last night, with only 53 moths of 27 species. Probably something to do with the less than ideal conditions; it wasn't warm and remained windy through 'til dawn.

I still had four new for the gardens though, one really REALLY lovely one....

Peach Blossom

....And from another angle

Talking of angles.... a Small Angle Shades

A Poplar Grey

And my fourth Emerald sp. for the garden - a worn and rather small Common Emerald

Other moths recorded included: 10 Dark Arches, 5 Buff Arches, 4 Bright-line Brown-eyes, 3 Common Footman, 3 Riband Waves, 3 Scallloped Oaks, 2 Buff Ermines, 2 Shuttle-shaped Darts, 2 Heart and Darts, 2 Silver Y and singles of: Early Thorn, Double Square-spot, Small Fan-footed Wave, Snout, Small Emerald, Uncertain, Heart and Club, Elephant Hawkmoth, Small Fanfoot, Common Rustic, Peppered Moth, Lesser Yellow Underwing and Minor sp.

That wasn't it though for moths today. Later on, whilst mowing the lawn I disturbed another first for the garden from the front hedge...

Yellow Shell - common but pretty!

Later on, I had a look about the estuary and Blackhole Marsh. Wader totals were fairly similar to yesterday: 1 Lapwing, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Blackwits, 2 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 5 Common Sands, 4 Green Sands and the LRP still. I hear the Cattle Egret is still with us too.


  1. Very nice Moth Collection,your Yellow Shell is my favourite Image.

  2. Nice tidy catch that, keep it up!

  3. Thanks folks.

    Yes John that Yellow Shell was great - but for me the Peach Blossom takes some beating!

    I've got it set again for tonight but don't think the weather is going to be much cop. Still, let's wait and see... it just takes one...