Tuesday, 2 May 2017


The trap seemed a bit dull this morning after temperatures fell overnight, but among a small army of Flame Shoulders and little else, there was new species for the year - the Treble Lines, shown above with one of the Flame Shoulders rather blurry behind. Not exactly eye-catching but a neat and simple, little pattern. Its caterpillars feed on Dandelions, so will never go hungry here.

More appealing to me, however, was a second new-for-the-year arrival spotted by eagle-eyed Penny on our bedroom window as we sipped our morning tea. It's a Waved Umber, a very distinctive moth. Its two choice of perches enable me to show how very flimsy a moth or butterfly's wings are, like the fabric on those old biplanes in stories from the First World War.

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