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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Scaeva pyrastri – Pied Hoverfly

|Animalia: Athropoda: Hexapoda: Insecta: Diptera: Syrphidae: Scaeva pyrastri| After a fairly dismal weekend the sun has been shining for the past 2 days, with surprising results. The garden has been full of hoverflies, with 6 different species and also in higher numbers than I seen before. One of which is new to me and to […]

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Phytomyza minuscula

I was mooching around the garden the other day, thinking it as time to cut the hedge, when I noticed a few marks on one of the leaves of an Aquilegia. I have not idea what the names of this strain is, but it’s almost certainly a mongrel. Looking closer all the leaves were affected, […]

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Little Nipper

The other day after work the sunshine encouraged to visit Solutia Meadows, Newport Wetlands. This is a series of wet meadows that is managed by the Gwent Wildlife Trust. It was hot, 30C, and so I was trying to walk slowly admiring the abundance of flowers and Meadow Brown Butterflies around my feet. Then I […]

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Lychnis – Hadena bicruris

Another new moth in the light trap last weekend, and a smart one it is too. However, it took a little research and some help from my gurus on the Garden Moth Scheme Facebook page to get the identification confirmed. Hadena bicruris – Lynchis, is very similar to the Campion (Hadena rivularis), and I had […]

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Damsels not in distress

We have a pond in the garden, well calling it a pond can be a bit of an exaggeration, but it does have water and does attract ‘things’ to it. This weekend a flash of red passed my peripheral vision as I was cogitating about how warm it was for once. A closer look revealed […]

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