Sunday, 3 June 2012

2nd is 1st and today is 3rd

My internet has been playing up for a little while now so I may not get to post this post. The the morning of 2nd of June saw my first reasonable catch in the garden moth trap for months. Numbers are still very low for the time of year. The catch is from the night of the 1st in moth recording terms and they were recorded on the 2nd and this posting is on the 3rd just if you were wondering about the post title.

There were 14 species of macro moths and a few micros in the trap but less than 30 moths in total. Highlight was a Silver Y which is the first migrant moth of the year for me and hopefully a sign of better things to come.

Silver Y (Autographa gamma)
Common Marbled Carpets should be just that, common, but only one was caught. Hawk moths are always nice to catch and these two Poplar Hawks were only the 3rd an 4th of the season.

Common Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta truncata)

male Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi), note the broad orange leading edge to the antennae.

male Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi)

female Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi) with fine white antennae.

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