Unco-operative Moths!

Wednesday, October 11th 2017

I checked the weather forecast and decided that the wind was reasonable and that it would not blow the trap away overnight, but I did put a stone in it, just in case.  Driving down to Foxglove this morning with the trees blowing ferociously I wondered where the moth trap would be.  Thankfully it was where I had left it.

It was a mild night and I did have hopes of a good catch, but there were only 6 moths in the trap.  Two Red-green Carpet moths were recorded.  When released from the pot on to  the wall one of them disappeared into a space.  The other released on the wood pile, stayed without moving but would not open its wings.

Red-green Carpet

A Green-brindled Crescent took us a considerable time to ID.  We thought we had found it but it only lived down south, another one we thought it might be only flew in June.  Suddenly we all 'found' it.  It was dull and lighting conditions not good for photography and made worse by the fact that the moth decided to head into the undergrowth, followed by three cameras!  Believe it or not there is green on this moth although it is not shown on this photo.  The photo that does show the green is not in focus!  If you squint a little you may imagine a tiny bit of green on the wing.

Green-brindled Crescent

Some visitors were enthralled by the reserve and our moth trapping and joined us when we were taking photographs.  The moth the gentleman is focusing upon sat still beautifully for him.  It moved when I tried to take it.

Taking photographs

Although only 6 moths in the trap, it was full of midges, a wasp, caddis flies and we think, Ichneumon deliratorius.  The female has bands on her antennae, which this one does have.  And interestingly it attacks moth larvae.  The downside to our ID is that one web site reports the adults are to be found in July.  Photos will be forward to an expert for confirmation and if it is confirmed then it is yet another a new species for the reserve.

Ichneumon deliratorius

Change of subject, but still unco-operative, in that I had to use the table as a background to get a photograph.  Chris and Pauline went out fungi hunting and found 25 species.  Some fungi are large, some colourful, some aromatic but I am not sure which category this one comes into.  As yet name unknown!

Fungus on vegetation


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