Saturday, 16 August 2008
It's been the night of the Copper Underwings. Fine moths they are, a whole league bigger and grander than the Large Yellow Underwings which were waking up and staggering around in the trap's bowl this morning, while their copper friend slept grandly on. I'm sorry the wings are a bit blurred but the moth - one of a pair in the trap - was a bit fed up with my activities and was getting ready to fly off into the safety of a hedge. The Copper Underwing's markings are very distinctive - the little circles on the forewings, and the fine stripes on the legs and body. A very sleepy wasp came and sat on my sleeve to admire as I gently prodded the Copper Underwing to show the reason for its name (see second photograph). Once again, my finger makes a distinguished appearance in these pictures; and observe the debut of my thumb.