Friday, 17 June 2011
Old friends, old scenes, will lovelier be...
The season moves on, and familiar faces from this time last year - or in some cases a few weeks ahead because of the warmer Spring this time round - have started to congregate in the trap. Above we've got a rather handsome Dusky Brocade and then I think that these two below are Common Rustics,a famously variable moth. Update. No we haven't got a Dusky Brocade, sorry. It's a rather handsome Grey Arches. Thanks to Ben the Real Expert (see Comments) who also nails the third moth as a Clouded-bordered Brindle.
As for this pretty little Carpet, reading the Egg Code upside down, below, I had to put on my strong reading glasses to try to work out which one it is of a similar-looking bunch in Waring, Townend and Lewington. That wasn't conclusive so I went to UK Moths on the internet and I'm plumping for the Silver-ground Carpet, a lovely and dainty little moth.
I have just finished writing an enormously long piece, by my paltry standards, for the Observer on the massive growth of interest in moths. They are the New Birdwatching! Yo! Should be in on Sunday.