The day may be best described through slightly altered lyrics of the
Buddy Holly Classic as
The Sun is out the sky is blue.
There’s not a cloud to spoil the view.
And it’s not raining, raining in my heart!
Add to that no more than a gentle zephyr from the northern quarter and an overnight +5°C on the gauge it felt like ideal conditions to alter the Moth catching technique a little and attempt to secure the unarguably most eye-catching Insect resident on our plot. This would amount to recovering a
from its year-long hibernation in the deep freeze after extinguishing the
We might just as well have not bothered as from this very first trap, the very first Moth was this
(female not even needing the pursuasion of her gentleman friend)
(seen later in the day in free flight)
and soon after from what might have been described as a plague
along with makeshift rainguard for the header tank and watched over by a pair of
After his departure we claim to have seen another daytime flying Moth the tiny
which presents some identification difficulties if not
associated with the nest were seen briefly.
which was re=cleared some 3 years ago but quickly clogged again with the likes of Greater reed Mace and other aquatic plants, is a drain off channel for excess rain water from the runways but as far as our memory serves it has never hosted a
Their news was that they had also been watching a male Emperor at virtually the same spot along with a number of 'possible' Light Orange Underwing Moths - one of which was perched. However, all of that paled into insignificance once telling of a
What a chance meeting - Cheers Will, Cheers Marcus!