Monday, 22 August 2011

Autumn colours

Always an excuse with moth trapping. No rain and the minimum temperature was 13.1C but there was little to no cloud and therefore quite bright  moon. The result, a rather low count of only 36 moths of 16 species. Only one species new for the year but it was a favourite of many people, including myself, a Canary-shouldered Thorn .

Canary-shouldered Thorn
The best of the rest was another Centre-barred Sallow, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Character  and a Lesser Swallow Prominent. The moth list for the year is now 223

A couple more flower photographs

Autmnal Hawkbit  showing the characteristic outer rays striped with red 

Hemp Agrimony at the entrance to Fell edge Wood from Waldridge Lane

A few butterflies in the garden today, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and Peacock. The numbers of Marmalade Fly seem to be diminishing a bit, though there still good numbers about but they seem to be getting replaced with Seven-spot Ladybirds, the numbers are building up nicely. Also in the garden was another young Chiffchaff and the Nuthatch was heard in the paddock again, having been quiet (or gone) since late spring.

 A few of the fungi seen yesterday included
Macrolepiota procera  - Parasol Mushroom

Birch Polypore

Amanita crocea – Orange Grisette
plus a few more.
Autumn has arrived with it's Yellows - Centre-barred Sallows and Canary shouldered Thorns, Oranges - Grisettes and Reds - Red Admirals, Fly Agaric and red stripes on the Autumnal Hawkbit.

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