Mostly Moths 2019

  • They will overwinter as pupae Nige! They are all currently living outside on bramble as they failed to thrive in container but many have dispersed already ... I wish them luck, it only needs a couple to survive really to carry on the breeding programme!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • Overwintered this Buff-tip moth pupa which came from a caterpillar someone rescued at Local nature reserve on 21st September last year, pupated the same day before I even got a pic of larva!!  It eclosed sometime last night, discovered it at midnight!

    Incredible impression of a piece of broken twig

    Very beautiful with spread wings

    Scary face though

    Also had this tiny micro moth flying around til it landed on my tablet ... then into a pot! Lol

    About 6 or 7 mm

    Even more scary face

    Maybe H can tell me what variety it is??

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • The Buff-tips are amazing at camouflage - I don't think I've seen one wings open. The micro looks almost golden - I think I'll leave it for Hazel though :)

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    Nige   Flickr

  • Funnily enough I had one like it in the bathroom last night, I think it's a Tineidae familly & probably "Tinea pellionella"

    Here's mine

    Another one that lives on unmentionables!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • Ha ha Ha, thanks for ID!   Won't go hungry here then!  Did wonder why it tried to double-back inside when I put it out the front door! Lol

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • It's odd though isn't it that the only one I've ever seen & you get one the same day! Must be a good time for them. Mine disappeared which was a shame as it turns out I need a photo of it's hind wing for positive ID. I should have potted it up at the time, but going up the stepladder at bedtime to take the photos (it was on the ceiling) was quite enough excitement.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • Shame I evicted mine H ... could have posted it to you! 

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • Loads of these on the West Pennine Moors at the weekend. I was attracted by the metallic wings and huge antennae, but it was only when I got these home and could see the iridescent wings were scaly that I realised they were moths and not flies. I think they are Green Longhorns

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    Nige   Flickr

  • Not one I'm familiar with Nige but certainly match Google images ... good spot & great pics!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • Wow, fabulous photos Nigel, ours come along in April & I had some in the moth traps but not seen them in nature this year. You'll be looking out for them now. There are others in the same family that are fond of cornflower type flowers & different ones around the Cow parsley type.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France