Wednesday 11 September 2019

Clifden Nonpareil, Red Underwing and other moths

Clifden Nonpareil, Catocala fraxini
27 species of moths have visited the balcony since August 28th. The prize was the rare Clifden Nonpareil which appeared overnight August 31/September 1. Last year one appeared on August 28th. A Red Underwing arrived on September 10th. Last year we had one on September 4th. The latest one has some strange black markings on one wing.
  Cabbage Moth larvae like the geranium leaves on the balcony, not much left of some.
  The Poplar Hawk-moth larvae are growing well. We lost about about a quarter of the original hatching, leaving around 30. At 16 days old some are 14mm long compared to their hatching length of 9mm, and are much fatter.
  A walk in our local Mewsbrook Park reminded us how lovely the Art Deco shelters are.
On Saturday we attended a barbecue at Catherine & Rob's in Newbury. The front garden has a lovely buddleia which attracted Large and Small Whites, a Painted Lady and Small Tortosieshell.
 I visited Kithurst meadow on August 28th, splendid views and meadow flora & fauna. 
Art Deco shelter c. 1939, Mewsbrook Park
Large White, Pieris brassicae

Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui

Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae

Small White, Pieris rapae

Barred Marble, Celypha striana

Bright-line Brown-eye, Lacanobia oleracea

Brimstone Moth, Opisthograptis luteolata

Cabbage Moth larva, Mamestra brassicae

Cabbage Moth larva on our geraniums

Clifden Nonpareil, Catocala fraxini

Double-striped Pug, Gymnoscelis rufifasciata

Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer, Agriphila geniculea

False Widow Spider, Steatoda nobilis - moth enemy no 1

Flounced Rustic, Luperina testacea

Flounced Rustic

Garden Carpet, Xanthorhoe fluctuata

Large Yellow Underwing female, Noctua pronuba

Light Brown Apple Moth, Epiphyas postvittana

Lime-speck Pug, Eupithecia centaureata

Marbled Beauty, Bryophila domestica

Narrow-winged Grey, Eudonia angustea

Orange Swift male, Triodia sylvina

Pale Mottled Willow, Caradrina clavipalpis

Poplar Hawk-moth larva, Laothoe populi 16 days 14mm

Red Underwing, Catocala nupta

Red Underwing

Rush Veneer, Nomophila noctuella

Setaceous Hebrew Character, Xestia c-nigrum

Silver Y, Autographa gamma

Small Dusty Wave, Idaea seriata

Square-spot Rustic, Xestia xanthographa

The Nutmeg, Anarta trifolii

The Uncertain, Hoplodrina octogenaria

Twenty-plume Moth, Alucita hexadactyla

White-point, Mythimna albipuncta

Willow Beauty, Peribatodes rhomboidaria
Kithurst meadow:
Common Carpet, Epirrhoe alternata

Kithurst meadow

Kithurst meadow

Small Purple and Gold, Pyrausta aurata

Small White, Pieris rapae

Small White

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