Saturday, 23 April 2011

Today I'll spend a day in the garden - so it rained

A minimum temperature 6.0C, only a little early morning mist but it didn't improve the overnight moth count much.  15 moths of 7 species consisting of -

Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata) 1
Brindled Pug (Eupithecia abbreviata) 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) 4
Powdered Quaker (Orthosia gracilis) 1
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) 3
Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) 1
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 4

Powdered Quake

Also 1 Black Sexton Beetle (Nicrophorus humator), which I took a photo of thinking it was a Dor Beetle at first until I checked properly.

Black Sexton Beetle appeared in the moth trap

 I was very warm  by mid morning so I spent most of the day in the garden pottering around.  A couple of Peacocks and Small White butterflies visited,

Peacock on the garden fence

the Bee-Flys and Tawny Mining Bees were still active

Tawny Mining Bee still active
and the Wood Mouse did a balancing act across the wooden lawn edging as we sat on the lawn, quite oblivious to us. At least two fly-overs by the local Sparrow-hawk  kept the birds quiet though a Great spotted Woodpecker was vocal most of the rest of the time. Then more typical of the British bank holiday weather, it rained.

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