Monday, 4 April 2011

Powdered Quakers under the table

With a minimum temperature of 4.2C overnight,  a decent haul of 23 moths of 6 species were in the moth tap this morning. The usual Orthosia and an Early Grey but two other singletons were new for the year.
Micro Moth Diurnea fagella 

Diurnea fagella 1
Early Thorn (Selenia dentaria) 1
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) 17
Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) 1
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 2
Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) 1

Early Thorn - much more impressive than the Diurnia

A Nuthatch and a Chiffchaff were both singing nearby as I sorted them out this morning but otherwise rather quiet.
It had been a bit breezy during the day while I was at work and it had moved the patio table to the other side of the garden path. As I picked it up underneath it were two identical moths, two Powdered Quakers, another new one for the year. They didn't make it into then trap but presumably hung on as the table was blown about. I also found another Early Grey though didn't not notice it until I saw my photograph of a Greenfinch on the lawn eating the last of the scraps of the sunflower seeds.

Greenfinch on the lawn - note the Early Grey lurking on a post in the top left hand corner.

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