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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Orange footman

Last night (17/5), I was unable to trap - or `dusk`, see below - as much as I would have wished (the original plan was to trap away from home) but commitments meant otherwise; just one actinic trap was placed in the garden.
There were - as would be expected at this time of year - a couple of FFYs, including this orange footman. It is said to be a species of well-structured woodland with appropriate micro-climates for lichen growth; the position of my garden immediately next to extensive tree cover may support this.

                                               Above: orange footman, Stradey, Llanelli.

P.S. `Dusking`....remember that on suitable evenings (last night, Thursday, would have been ideal)  `dusking` for moths such as tortricids can be very profitable indeed and can yield moths where trapping fails.
A chance to `up` your local scores and to sometimes provide pleasant mothing when you cannot trap.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, it was the Footman, in the garden, with the actinic light! Sorry Ian, that's Cludo not Agatha Christie.

    Nice moth though we don't get them too often up here.

    Ina

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