Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Better late than never

A recessional sense of doom surrounds the moth trap as November approaches. But hold! There are still lovely creatures flitting around. Look at these, for example: a vintage night when all I was expecting was Carpets and Caddis Flies.

This is Blair's Shoulder Knot, one of no fewer than three British moths named after a doctor who lived in the Isle of Wight in the mid-twentieth century and trapped new, immigrant species as they ventured over from the continent. That most excellent of MPs, Madeleine Moon, who is essentially the member for moths, has used its name on several occasions in the House of Commons to attract the attention of our former Prime Minister, Tony Blair. It has nice front legs, don't you think, cosseted in long johns.

And look at this! A glorious surprise (although I am worried that my camera is on its way out and the beguiling blueish tinge may be a sign of that. This is a Frosted Orange, and it made me very happy this morning. It likes 'disturbed weedy places' and there are plenty of those here.

There's more. Here is a Feathered Thorn, probably a male because they are tempted to light whereas the females are more cautious.

It settled in its Happy Egg box next to a comatose fly and this little micro which - Update - Dave Shenton has kindly identified in the comments as Epiphyas postvittana. Many thanks! And look! I have found out how to type in colour. This could become a new blog feature... 

Here is a Caddis Fly, smaller and more lustrous than the larger one featured in a post last week

And a Red-line Quaker alongside a Common Quaker (I think...) No - Update - Wise Dave Shenton confirms in the comments that it is a Brick moth.

And finally a snail and - Third Update - Stokelymort brilliantly clocks this as a Brown-lipped Banded Snail in the blog's first ever snail identification;  see comments. Meanwhile in the background you can see a Spruce Carpet slumbering on the light fitting.


Stokelymort said...

I will take on the challenge of trying to identify your moth catch images before I fully read your much waited for, and informative Blog.
I then determine, via your own information, or that of your experienced commentors, if I am right or not.
In the meantime, I am going to take a stab (I hope its shell protects it) at the snail image, which my little BWP Guide to Garden Wildlife book suggests to me is a Brown-Lipped Banded Snail!


David Shenton said...


A nice catch again, your micro is Epiphyas postvittana and the moth with the Red-line Quaker is a Brick.



Martin said...

Hi both and many thanks as ever. Goodness, a snail identification! That is a first for me. Thanks so much Stokely, and to you Dave for the two moths. I will update the post.

I had some more lovely things last night. Just waiting for Pen to finish her turn on the home computer.

All v best as always, M