Tag Archive: dusking

Angle Shades!

Angle Shades on cotoneaster, 16 May 2012


Finally, on Wednesday, I got a good night for dusking: calm, cloudy, reasonably mild, and beginning to rain. I’ve been waiting for a decent moth night for a few weeks since the huge cotoneaster plants came into bloom. They produce myriads of little pink-red teacup-shaped flowers that insects find irresistible. As you can see from my last post, the bees have been especially loving it.

Still, with near-perfect conditions all I could see in the first twenty minutes were an assortment of flies: some dancing in the air, some clambering awkwardly over plants… some making babies on the elder. Two White-shouldered House Moths showed up AGAIN.

But at last, Angie appeared and made it worthwhile. Sitting serenely on the cotoneaster by the steps, sipping nectar. And she (or he) was gracious enough stay for a photo or two.

Or fifteen.

Angle Shades, 16 May 2012

On my finger!


‘Twas Aprillig

I’ll let the slithy toves do the gyring and gimbling. Here are some photos from my weekend jabberwocking.

Our front garden

Kiss my tulips.


Hebrew Character (released from trap), 1 Apr 2012

I put the trap out again over Saturday night and got another two Hebrew Characters, both fresh specimens, and both actually inside the trap!


Speckled Wood, Murlough, 1 Apr 2012

My first Speckie of the year, in Murlough on Sunday.


Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Apr 2012

Finally - a decent Small Tort photo. None of this faffing around in trees business.


Shoulder Stripe, Murlough, 1 Apr 2012

I had my net with me this time when I went dusking in Murlough, and found a few of this species: Shouder Stripe. A new tick for me. Double-striped Pugs as well... all the Stripes.


Mother of Pearl or Small Magpie caterpillar (captive, project 13A), 1 Apr 2012

Ah yes. As well as Lesley, I've got a nettle leafroller that I'm keeping inside as well. It's most likely Mother of Pearl, but possibly Small Magpie.


2012 MOTHS: 6, 2L
  2012 new ticks: 4
  life list: 140 

Species study 13, project B: unidentified Pyralid