...but not really stuck at all, because it was an absolute joy to dust off one my moth traps a couple of nights ago. I have Fran to thank for that, whose interest in learning what moths were/are using her garden was all the encouragement I needed!
One Skinner trap was run all night on the evening of 25th/26th, and although I was distinctly rusty it was great going through the egg boxes again. I didn't have time to give the micros, pugs and minors a proper look, but the rest of the macros were made up of 184 moths of 32 species. A very respectable catch and a credit to Frans back garden!
My highlight was the Lime Hawkmoth, I've only caught a couple of these in Seaton in the past...
And an L-album Wainscot was nice to see, a south coast special...
Was great just seeing some of the common ones again too...
|Elephant Hawkmoth and Scalloped Hook-tip|
Moths aren't the only insects causing me recent glee... the huge invasion of Painted Ladies is just incredible! Not seen numbers like this for years...
|Painted Lady upper view|
|Painted Lady underside|
I have been birding quite a bit lately, with the main aim of finding a patch Quail. Not had any luck yet but I did stumble upon a churring Nightjar at a new site a couple of night's ago which is great news, and the fields between Axmouth and Rousdon seem to be home to more Yellowhammers than ever!
I will not give up with the Quail hunt though, this year has to be our year!