Saturday, 11 June 2011

Heart and Dart domination

6.9C overnight, cool and a bit quiet in the moth trap this morning. That is except for Heart & Darts, 16 of the 21 moths present this morning were this species. A lone White Ermine was new for the year. Also present were single Cinnabar, Brimstone Moth, Dark Arches and the micro Lozotaenia forsterana.  After I had tidied up I found another moth, a Dusky Brocade, lurking at the side of the lawn

Lozotaenia forsterana  - This is one of the largest of the
micro Tortrix moths. It is fairly common around Waldridge
mainly on Ivy but has no English name
White Ermine 
Dusky Brocade

 No time for a wander this morning but 3 Oyster-catcher flew over the house calling noisily, and the pair of Blackbirds that unsuccessfully tried to breed in the garden earlier this year, have managed on a second attempt, though in the garden next door. Two youngsters were hopping about being fed by both Mam & Dad this morning.

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