Sunday, December 27, 2009

Xmas Moths at The Lodge...........Boxing Day

A stroll around The Lodge grounds on Sunday 27th proved good hunting for Winter flying moths. I think we did well to record 3 species, obviously these will be recorded for 26th.
The top photo is an extremely well marked Mottled Umber; our 1st ever!
Middle has to be a Northern Winter Moth, probably the 2nd we've found at The Lodge. This one showing the large, pure white hindwings and light overall colour very well.
The bottom photo is the smaller and darker Winter Moth, the comparison is striking once studied side by side........All in all a very productive visit.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

December Heralds a Surprise..........10/12

This Herald was hibernating under a piece of antique furniture which was stored in Blunham and moved to Upper Caldecote. As it is now spending the Winter in a sheltered area by the house, I've shamelessly ticked it!
Otherwise the garden and trap have been empty since 20/11.........
The quest continues for the fabled Mottled Umber.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Emmelina monodactyla..........01/12

This is 1 of 2 of this 'Plume' species found in the house yesterday. Other than that, the trap drought continues in the latest wet and windy weather..........