Friday, 24 May 2013

Cool cat

The weather is too uncertain to trap overnight at the moment and it's also gone chilly again; so even if the lamp were lit, there might not be many moths.

Look, though: a moth has come to visit us indoors instead. Penny is the specialist at spotting these, maybe through some genetic superiority among women going back to ancient battles with the very few 'clothes moths' which damage favourite sweaters. She spotted it after the Ten o'Clock News, flitting around our sitting room.

I got the first, rather poor picture then and had a sleepy and fruitless look through my Moth Bible; but shortly afterwards the insect ventured upstairs into our bedroom. I found a nice box and gave it a bedroom of its own overnight, before photographing it outside just now.

It then consulted my micro-moth Bible and it seems to be the Large Tabby micro, Aglossa pinguinalis, although that is not strictly supposed to be flying until June. Maybe its larva pupated indoors in our new home where the temperature is more like June than it is outside. Large Tabby caterpillars also like eating cereal and we like Corn Flakes, Shreddies and Rice Krispies.

I shall seek more advice and meanwhile hope that things warm - and dry - up. (See Dave's helpful comment; for once, I was right).


David Shenton said...

Your ID is correct, Martin. The first of these are often reported in the last week to 10 days of May.

MartinWainwright said...

Thanks very much Dave - greatly appreciated as ever.

all v best, M