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 […]Read More Early Tooth-Striped
The spring this year has been longer in arriving following a series of heavy snow falls in February and again in March pushed in by a persistent north and easterly wind. So unsurprisingly the moth trap has been a little sparse this year. Part of this sparsity is also due us having moved to a […]Read More Common Quaker – Orthosia cerasi
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 […]Read More Blair’s Shoulder-Knot
I think I am becoming fickle as I get older. Almost each time I have a new moth species in the light trap I seem to decide it is my favourite. Am I allowed to have more than 1 more favourite? Perhaps many favourites? During the last week in July I grappled the moth trap […]Read More Now you see it! Now you don’t!
|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 […]Read More Scaeva pyrastri – Pied Hoverfly
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, […]Read More Phytomyza minuscula
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 […]Read More Little Nipper
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 […]Read More Lychnis – Hadena bicruris
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 […]Read More Damsels not in distress
Each week I try to out out the moth trap on the lawn. I don’t always succeed, with work and weather conspiring together to prevent me doing so. But on the last day in May I was at home, and despite the rain I decided to try and see what was on the wing. The […]Read More I got a lobster in the garden!