Saturday, 27 June 2009
Help! Stop! The moths are pouring in now and I am overwhelmed. Grey Daggers, Light Emeralds, the first of the various yellow underwings... it's madness. Mind you, I turned the trap on unusually early last night, after going outside at 9.30 and noticing that moths were already on the wing, although it was still quite light.
Who can blame them? Dusk is a lovely time, with the air still warm at this time of the year, the wind usually still and scents very strong. Here's a picture of the trap in its usual setting, with rather more of the background showing than usual because of the good light.
Penny is responsible for the rockery, I should add, although I help with weed destruction. Also, below, some of last night's customers. The micro - is it a Large Fruit-tree Tortrix someone? - isn't actually molesting the Light Emerald. The trap's transparent collar forms a chastity screen. The two Light Emeralds snucked into the eggbox with a blurry Peppered moth and something I'll identify later, give a better idea of their actual colour. Lovely. If you double click on the pic, btw, it gets a lot bigger and you can see that they look like two beautiful grounded gliders.