Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Trapped last night (22nd) and a sharp downfall not long before dawn meant that I was rescuing half drowned moths from the concrete surface of the back yard where they had chosen to rest outside the trap. Most revived but were largely unidentifiable - it was as if the rain had washed the scales away from their wings. I put them in my wood pile and all had flown by this evening. Anyway new for this year was a lesser swallow prominent, purple thorn and what I think was a common plume. Also streamer, clouded drab, hebrew character, small quaker. Isabel

3 comments:

  1. Yes, that's a Common Plume. The Thorn is an Early as its wings are closed, but as you've not captioned the photo this is presumably not the individual IDed as Purple.

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  2. Thanks Sam. The moth's wings were definitely half open in the classic pose as per the ID book. I'd had an early a week or so ago and this was definitely not that. Isabel

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  3. OK - just checking. I can remember prising open Thorn wings when I started mothing and even IDing some of those I prised open as Purple!

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