Very cool, heavy rain shortly after dark, clear and breezy by early morning. As you'd expect, these are not ideal conditions for mothing. Total catch was a modest 16 of 5 sp. (125W MV 8 of 5, 80W actinic 8 of 4).
Shoulder Stripe (Anticlea badiata) 1 [first for year]
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) 8
Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) 3
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 2
Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) 2
Shoulder Stripe - not the smartest individual but nice to see one in the garden, albeit a bit later than usual
Haven't bothered with the traps tonight - it started raining again just before dark and it's likely to be cold. Over on the right hand side I've added a couple of links to 2010 mothing yearlists for the garden and everywhere - I'll update monthly.
As for the title .. remember we set up a tropical fish tank a few weeks ago? Well we started adding a few fish gradually, and the kids also wanted a couple of these after seeing them in the aquarist:
Red-clawed Crab (or at least that's what think it is)
As for the fish - nothing too fancy, all basic stuff to start with. The tank also has live plants and a big piece of bogwood - not sure if that is a good idea though as despite the pre-soaking it still turns the water a bit sepia between water changes. Trying to photograph anything in a large water-filled round tank is ridiculous.
High-Fin Blue Platy
Red and White Platy