Sunday, 15 September 2019
Butterflies Galore but Very Few Moths
These two Small Coppers were chasing each other around in my back garden all day yesterday, occasionally alighting on the Sedum flowers to refuel. Meanwhile the Buddleia flowers at the front were attracting many more butterflies, mostly Small Tortoiseshells and Painted Ladies, and a fair number of Silver Y moths too. It was no surprise that this species has dominated the catch on the two nights when the traps were out last week: the 47 moths recorded on Wednesday night included 16 of them, and half of the six moths trapped on Friday night were Silver Ys. 13 species in all.
This was the view from my lounge window just after sunset yesterday evening. I have learned that if the evening sky goes this colour, there's no point in trapping!
Posted by Chris Handoll