Welcome to the weekend - and so far as the blog is concerned, to Micro Morning. The take in the trap was modest last night - about 35 moths - but they included a goodly number of the littlies, the 1627 species of micro moth to be found in the UK.
We were in Cirencester yesterday and bought some cards in a bookshop which advertised itself as 'tiny and independent'. This could be the family motto of the micros, or maybe they could share Rutland's; the smallest county in England boldly proclaims: Multum in parvo. Check out the Light Brown Apple moth in the top picture with the acorn cup for scale to see if you agree that there's much in little..
|Light Brown Apple moth - the trap was under an apple tree|
I have a train journey to take later today, and I will pore over my micro moth Bible then. But here's a selection from the trap, plus today's winner of the Pink Eggbox Award, a very pretty (but macro) Sallow.
|Um... Update: much pondering makes me think that this is Acleris aspersana|
albeit a little late in the season
|Large Plume - its wings unfurl like umbrellas|
|Er... Update" Many thanks to ace Guardian Country Diarist Phil Gates in Comments |
whose suggestion that this is a Nettle Tap (Anthophila fabriciana) is, I am sure, correct
|Ur again, with my famous acorn cup scale|
|Pretty on pink - the Sallow|