Thursday, May 04, 2006

Immigrant Moths

This was the best night for moths trapped overnight so far but it is still way down on previous years. Most significant was the arrival of 6 Diamond-back Moths. These are long distance migrants, despite being only about 7mm long. I've only recorded two singles in the garden before. There were many others reported scattered across the UK in what must have been an arrival of millions. They are a potentially destructive crop pest so this is not good news for farmers.

Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella

Pebble Prominent Eligmodonta ziczac

Purple Thorn Selenia tetralunaria

Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula

Nikon Coolpix P4

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