Birds, Leps, Observations & Generalities - the images and ramblings of Mark Skevington. Sometimes.

Monday, 6 May 2013


Just lately the weather has been glorious, sunny and warm in the day - and pretty damn chilly overnight. Garden mothing has therefore been pants with only one new species for the year over the last three nights, a Purple Thorn last night.

Total catch 3 of 2sp.
2190  Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica)  1
2243  Early Grey (Xylocampa areola)  2

Total catch 10 of 5sp.
2182  Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda)  1
2187  Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi)  1
2188  Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta)  2
2190  Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica)  4
2243  Early Grey (Xylocampa areola)  2

Total catch 10 of 8sp.
0688  Agonopterix heracliana  1
1862  Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata)  1
1917  Early Thorn (Selenia dentaria)  1
1919  Purple Thorn (Selenia tetralunaria)  1 (NFY)
1927  Brindled Beauty (Lycia hirtaria)  1
2187  Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi)  1
2190  Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica)  3
2243  Early Grey (Xylocampa areola)  1

The only other moth I've seen in the garden was a Wormwood Pug flying in the late afternoon on 3rd.

Normally I'd be a bit deflated by this rubbish state of affairs, and even more disgruntled at not having had a chance to head over to either Melton Mowbray to tick a tame bread-eating Ring-billed Gull or to Thornton Res to gawp at a Grey-headed Wagtail. In truth the lack of birding has not been entirely down to lack of opportunity, as when I have had a bit of time I've been concentrating on my 1000 in 1kmsq challenge - and that I have to say is going pretty well.

A reminder that my overall list is posted here, and have a look at the main challenge blog for some recent photos and highlights.

Scarce Fungus Weevil - found one on 01/05/2013, and another four yesterday including this one sat on top of a Cramp Ball that it probably emerged from.

Eudasyphora cyanella

14-Spot Ladybirds making more 14-Spot Ladybirds

1 comment:

Matt said...

I found one of those Weevils on my patio once, they're huge! Pretty rare by all accounts too. Scarce in this case is probably appropriate.