The temperature has dropped sharply, as predicted - hats off to the Met Office - and although this morning has brought a clear blue sky and brilliant sunshine, the trap was markedly less busy last night. Beaded Chestnuts predominate again, with a couple of Blair's Shoulder-knots and a Wainscot to add variety, but we are probably moving into sparser times.
That said, the micro Acleris ferrugana at the top is a very lovely creature, and it's nice to have an Angle Shades again, to illustrate the point I made two posts ago about their conventional pose; my picture above is a typical example. The unique wing shape is not the only distinction of this fine moth; look more closely at the blow-up to see the range and subtlety of its colouring.
To conclude: Penny noticed this curious growth on our magnolia - suggestive of several things including those rather unpleasant exhibitions of human corpses minus skin which toured the UK last year. Anyone know what this is, or what causes it?