I shoot an arrow in the air,
and then it lands I know not where.
Loose more bloody arrows like that!
After yet another pleasantly warm day with that continuing light breeze from the northern quarter, the night followed suit producing a decent catch. The highlight was not so much a 'rarity' or something new to the property but more of a 'novelty' as between the 5 traps a total of 7 different Hawk-moths were captured. Always aware of the delicacy of these tiny creatures, a 'quick release' is nearly always effected, but as the more common among them were processed, photographed and let free the prospect of a heptad never even dawned on me!
The final three (from top clockwise)
PINE HAWK-MOTH, HAWK-MOTH and POPLAR HAWK-MOTH
were in the last trap and made a fine consolation Trio.
(new to the property)
SMALL ELEPHANT HAWK-MOTH
Another catch, thought worthy of mention was this
16-SPOT CREAM LADYBIRD
With a small bag of goodies to sort through I set about the task
only to be joined by what were thought to be the newly fledged
from the Harbins garage.
Hopes are that their aeronautic training goes to plan
and they get a first taste of Africa in the Autumn.
The single remaining young
also seems to be doing well!
and on the subject of Aeronautics this bunch, who have been invading
the skies hereabouts over the past couple of days, seem to be getting the hang of it!
With so many landings and take-offs some otherwise overlooked points were noted.
Like 'Red One' letting out a small plumb of smoke prior to landing.
He/She does the same thing just before touching the tarmac.
and here come the others
So, we got our own Air Show