Thursday, 2 July 2009
Good morning, my lady
Another debut last night, along with a great many moths. Here is an Orange Ladybird, one of a pair which were busying about when I went to inspect things this morning. The night was very warm and there were plenty of Dark Arches, Yellow Underwings et al, plus thousands of mini-flies, because I had chosen to put it in some long grass near trees. There was also an interesting reminder that you need to check the surroundings of the trap as well as the bowl and eggboxes themselves.
A lot of Emerald and Swallowtail moths are about at the moment and they showed up easily against the grass and vetch. Here are a couple, and there were ten more, plus three Brimstone Moths and a Peppered, all hiding incompetently nearby. Alas, a female blackbird took an interest in my proceedings this morning for the first time this year. Veteran readers will know what that means. Scroll back through last year to 9 August... I shall try to be careful.