Mostly Moths 2019

  • I use the finer particles of Orchid compost as it's sterile & quite dry so no risk of mould!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • That's a good idea, I hadn't thought of that. Less messy too!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • Another newbie last night when I discovered this lovely Buff Ermine newly emerged from overwintered pupa, always a great surprise that something so small can be alive all that time!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • that's a beauty Wendy, well done.

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • It must be like a maternity ward around your place! Brilliant!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • Lol H, few more deliveries to go yet!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • Do you keep a scalpel handy in case they get stuck? LOL

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • Oh, ha ha H! Forceps deliveries sometimes!
    Have been known to gently remove a pupal case caught on wing but almost invariably causes some slight damage, fortunately rare event!
    Next on the agenda ... eggs of Death's Head HM!!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • I saw loads of these Speckled Yellow moths last week at Gait Barrows NNR.

    Also this.

    I recognise it as a Pyrausta sp and remember we had a special sighting last year, from nearby. However, this one is very faded and I wasn't able to get different views, so I'm not sure of the exact species (i'd guess Purpuralis, but...). 

    Forgot to add this hairy beastie - a Drinker Moth caterpillar. I found two on the boardwalk at Foulshaw Moss and gently persuaded them onto grass stems to move them somewhere they wouldn't get trodden on

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    Nige   Flickr

  • Good shot of the Speckled yellow, I saw some yesterday but they didn't sit still! I agree your Pyrausta is probably purpuralis.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France