Thursday, 3 June 2010

Fast breeder

A fecund and colourful arrival this morning - this Brimstone Moth. The species is notable for producing as many as three generations a year which keep adults on the wing between April and October. I had one in the trap a few days ago which flew away when I knocked its eggbox, but they are late here this year. I guess this is because of the cold weather which delays their hatching according to Waring, Townsend and Lewington. It continues coldish at night and there were relatively few moths dozing away, but they included two Poplar Hawks, this season's first double for them, a Spectacle and a Small Magpie, one of the most macro of Britain's micro-moths. It too flew away before I could deploy the camera.

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