|Taken with the iPad Mini|
|And with the camera|
Joy! The very first eggbox was home to the Pine Beauty, top picture, Brimstone moth, just below, and Lunar Marbled Brown - third picture, showing the tiny moon shape which gives it its name.
|Less safely, on the granddaughter's leg|
Also a lovely Buff Ermine:
Questing further and deeper into the eggboxes' recesses, I found this tortrix micro-moth below, but which is it? Expert help most welcome. Update: I have been a bit dim here. As Dave Wilton kindly points out on the unbeatable Upper Thames Moths blog, this is 'everyone's favourite: Epiphyas postvittana' I really should have known, sorry.
And there was also this pug moth, a fearsomely tricky family to ID correctly, and I would again be very grateful for help. My guess would be the Golden Rod.Update: Dave inclines more to the commoner Oak Tree Pug. And we have an oak tree but no Golden Rod.
On a wall nearby, meanwhile, there was another Brindled Beauty and this Early Grey:
A great day for the trap, therefore, and here is a collective picture to round things off:
Later in the day there were further excitements. We picnicked down by the river Cherwell and found a series of these curious little beasts. Are they baby crayfish? Or dragonfly nymphs? Update on 17 May after unrelated research into Maybugs and Mayflies. It's a Mayfly nymph. I hope it enjoys its nymphood as adult Mayflies are notoriously short-lived. The record for brevity was a female which died of natural causes after five seconds.