Sunday, 13 September 2015

Maenol Welcomes Migrant

A combination of the actinic porch light and plenty of Nicotiana blossom at the front of the bungalow attracted a very welcome visitor last night:

 Resting at 6.08am
Preparing for take-off at 6.29am

I also used an actinic trap at the back which, in spite of heavy rain during the night, contained a few moths this morning.  Nothing unusual, but a couple of species which I didn't see on NMNs 1 & 2, namely Autumnal Rustic and a very nice Frosted Orange, both FFYs.


8 comments:

  1. REALLY well done Chris! EXCELLENT! I bet that it pleased you!
    I`m jealous (you know what I`m like re moths!) and to really `rub salt into the wound`, my neighbour asked me yesterday, `Did you see that big hawk-moth on the wall the other night?` I obviously replied `no` and asked him about it. It was Tuesday night just before midnight, and he was going to bed and closing the curtains. Opposite his house he has (like I`m doing at present) excavated a parking area for cars into the bank, with a retaining wall. Very close by is the sole street lamp and the moth was resting on the wall. My neighbour knows what a hawk-moth looks like - indeed about a decade or so ago he called me to come to see another convolvulus hawk-moth that were feeding at some flowers in his garden (he`s also told me of other (common) hawk-moths that he`s had in his garden). I asked him what colour this week`s hawk-moth was but, all he could say was dark grey - which it would have been from the distance viewed and against the light wall. IF I had looked out of my window, I`d have seen it too! I had my traps out last night but no real crackers like yours - I`ll try to blog tomorrow or Tuesday.

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  2. Cracking moth there, Chris, congratulations!

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  3. That's really excellent! I'm glad one of us has lived up to the NMN billing. Well done for persisting, Chris

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  4. Chris Manley had one to his deliberately-planted tobacco plants recently and convolvulus h/m are really attracted to them. Alas, my few plants were overwhelmed by other plantings. My only migrant last night was one rush veneer! (excepting the regular silver y`s).

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  5. Thank you all, for once I may claim some of the credit for this visitor, having flooded the garden with tobacco plants in the hope of attracting one. It worked some 10 years ago in Yorkshire when my wife and I watched the moth feeding for a minute or two, sadly no camera was to hand. I had to get a step ladder out this morning to photograph this one in situ.

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  6. Lucky you Chris! I too planted hundreds of tobacco plants from the free seeds in Atropos (all doing really well and smell is wonderful) and I'm not too far from Chris - but no luck so far!

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  7. Well done Chris, I am green with envy. I too have planted Nicotiana plants all over my garden. with a Hummer last night but nothing bigger.

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  8. Thanks Sally & Mel, keep trying! Size isn't everything, Mel, I haven't seen a Hummer here since I started recording in 2010, in spite of having Buddleia plants in several places.

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