Moth Mayhem!

Thursday, March 15th 2012

Eighty moths of twelve different species were found amongst the eggboxes in the moth trap first thing this morning. Amongst these were good numbers of Hebrew Character, Clouded Drab and Mottled Grey. There were some interesting specimens too such as this male Oak Beauty with its splendid feathered antennae.

Oak Beauty

Two Yellow Horned moths were easy to identify by their distinctive orange antennae. This resident and common moth is at home at Foxglove as its favourite habitats include woodland, heathland, moorland and Birch scrub.

Yellow Horned 1

The forewing is grey with white frosting as can be seen below.

Yellow Horned 2

More and more birds are being seen by the day. Lapwing are wheeling over the wetland and Woodcock have been observed on the moorland. The back garden is teaming with Bullfinch, Siskin, Reed Bunting, Lesser Redpoll to name but a few. Toads are still very active and can be heard calling around the pond areas.

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