Rain, rain and more rain, well that seems to sum up the past week or two! True most days have been mixed so we have had some short trips out but nothing very exciting so I thought this might be a good time to catch up with some of the moths we have been seeing lately.
July is now in full swing and typically the birds have slowed down, nothing to chase recently. It is a time I hope we would be able to see lots of different butterflies but the weather has not been very conducive to that idea, bring on some warm sunny days…please!
Here are a few shots from a walk at Sculthorpe in the week when the sun kept trying to shine but seemed to be losing the battle. The swan seemed to be a single parent and with eight cygnets I reckon she had her work cut out! Good to see plenty of Small tortoiseshell butterflies about as we hadn’t seen many yet this year.
I am still new to the world of moths, it is just about a year since we got our trap so I am slowly learning (with A lot of help from the moth group on Facebook). So excuse me if I make mistakes but please do message me so I can correct any!
The nights have warmed up and have mostly been not too wet (I guess all the rain fell in the days!) so the moth trap is picking up. Now I know that moths aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but I do think they are rather misunderstood. Forget the pesky one that flies around your bedroom and disappears when you put the light on to try to catch it, take a look at the pictures and see a glimpse at the variety. Below are; Angle shades, Brimstone moth, Barred yellow, Buff ermine and Burnished brass.
These are a few of the moths we have seen so far this year (although some of the photos are from similar ones I saw last year) there are still so many different ones yet to come. Next comes; Elephant hawkmoth, Peach blossom moth, Cinnabar, Shoulder-striped wainscot and Peppered moth.
One of the great things about moth trapping is that as for the most part it is night flying moths that we catch they are dozy in the morning when we want to look at them. They will usually just sit and have a photo taken, now if only birds would do that too! Below are; Shears, Pine hawkmoth, Riband wave, Ruby tiger and Privet hawkmoth.
Another thing about moths is that they are everywhere, town and country, inland and coastal, north and south so wherever we may go we can find moths. There is also a good element of surprise, I honestly have no idea what I will see in the morning, some nights loads come and others are quiet nights. The weather affects moths a lot, they don’t like the cold or wet (can’t argue with them there) also when the sky is too bright, full moons being worst, they are not drawn to the light from the trap, after all who can compete with the moon?! Last batch for now show; Willow beauty, White point, Silver Y, Varied coronet and White ermine.
If any of you are interested in seeing some moths please let me know, you would be most welcome to come over and see what the previous night produces. I am going to finish with one of my favourites, Buff tip, I think it is brilliant. Honestly it just looks like a little twig! nature is brilliant, moths are so varied and they manage to hide themselves in many different disguises. As well as the night flyers there are many day flying moths, more in fact than there are butterflies.
Although we seem to have just got home we are planning another trip away and are hoping to take in the five countries that make up Great Britin…watch this space!
Before I go I must tell you about something that made me laugh. After all the recent rain, including torrential showers we had a call from Anglian Water telling us that our village was experiencing very low or no water due to low reservoirs!!! Now I was only in to hear the call because the rain was so bad. Good to know they have a sense of humour, we are just waiting for a letter announcing a hose pipe ban now!