Thursday, March 17, 2005

Early Spring Moths

An active night for moths in the garden began with some searching for larvae. Foxglove, hollyhock and forgetmenot proved most productive.

Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes) on Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes) on Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa) on Forgetmenot (Myosotis)

The 15W actinic trap also had a fair few spring moths in the morning. Small Quaker, Lead-coloured Drab, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Hebrew Character and Early Grey are in this pic.

Including the locally scarce Lead-coloured Drab for the second year running at about the same date as last year. Distinguished from the similar Clouded Drab by the feathered antennae and the rounded wingtip.

Lead-coloured Drab (Orthosia populeti)

Nikon CP995.

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