The Trump Moth

I’ve often walked past buttercups and seen small insects on the flowers, and each time thought I must have a closer look. But as usual I never did. But this time I did. And glad I am too, because what I found was a delight and a surprise. I had thought I would find Thrips, […]

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A Green Jewel

Small but beautifully coloured the Green Dock Beetle, Gastrophysa viridula, shines like a jewel in the grass. As the sun catches it in different directs you can see jade, copper, gold and ruby flashes as it moves. It’s small at between 4-8mm in length. But those colours make up for it’s diminutive size. It would […]

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The Heineken Fly

As I was mooching along the quite lane just outside the house the other day I kept on seeing a small flash of orange darting between the flowers. I often see this in the garden as well and it can only be Rhingia campestris, one of our most distinctive hoverflies. The long snout is an […]

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White-shouldered House-moth

This tiny moth, White-shouldered House Moth – Endrosis sarcitrella,  appeared in the light trap I had placed out overnight as part of my participation in the Garden Moth Scheme exercise. It’s easy to understand how it has got it’s common Name, with the distinct white shoulders and prothorax which contrast its dark forewings, making it easily […]

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Nomads among the flowers

The sun was shining today, though it wasn’t anywhere as warm as it was last week when the temperature topped 20C. Now it’s more like 10C accompanied by a stiff westerly breeze. The recent warmth has encouraged the laurels in the garden to coming into full flower, and this has attracted a large number of […]

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Early Tooth-Striped

It is always exciting to find a new moth I’ve never seen before whenever I open the moth trap in the morning. And this time was no exception. However, I was only able to take a record shot as it was clinging to the egg carton. It wasn’t interested in being manoeuvred onto my lichen […]

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Blair’s Shoulder-Knot

The last two weekends I’ve put the moth trap out has thrown up a new moth to the garden, Blair’s Shoulder-Knot, Lithophane leautieri. Relatively new to the UK it originates from the area surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, but gradually moved north. Not surprisingly the Isle of Wight  was the area where it was first recorded […]

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