Sunday, 11 August 2013

Paper-winged birdfood

We're still catching lots of moths on the island. Over 200 moths a night are being caught. This means we have to leave a lot of extra time to process and count them all.

How do you get inspired when all you catch is the drab brown moths? Every so often there is a little beauty hidden away. It is not quite all Dark Arches, Hebrew Characters, Garden Darts and Large Yellow Underwings.

 This Plain Golden Y is the first record for the Isle of May. It is the moth that is closely related to the more common migratory Silver Y and is the third Y species we have caught on the island this year.

Other exciting discoveries include this Lychnis. We catch a few of these in the spring but this suggests a second generation this year something that only really happens in the south.

This female Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing is only the second recorded on the Island. The last record was in 1995.

Scalloped Oak is a moth that is common on the mainland but rarely crosses the sea over to the island

This cryptic Twin-spot Carpet is one of a few caught recently

We are still catching lots of Garden Tigers. We never tire of catching these.

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