Butterflies & Moths 2020

  • All set up for first moth trap this year, everything present & correct except that I chucked out all the old egg boxes ... whoops! Making do with a couple I had + one rescued from paper recycling bag with some scrumpled up kitchen towel & a modified cat food box ... needs must! Lol
    Had a second male Emperor & then realised that the lure I thought defunct was still outside! Put it back in freezer ... the lure that is!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • WOW Wendy, they are like buses, wait for weeks & 2 come at once! LOL Good luck for the trap. I did one last night but thunderstorms due tonight. Look forward to the piccies.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • Tried to get pic of the one in captivity but he was much too lively, maybe in the morning before he warms up ... still have a male & female from my hatchings last year in an amazing state of preservation! Hope for some interesting visitors but leaving on all night to check in morning!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • Bit disappointing result as forgot to set alarm to check trap early so only found a Hewbrew Character & a Shuttle-shaped Dart ... better than nowt! Have put male Emperor out in the sun to warm up for take-off later, can always put lure out again when this terrible wind drops away!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • In reply to WendyBartter:

    WendyBartter said:
    Have put male Emperor out in the sun to warm up for take-off later

    Just don't put it in the freezer   lol 

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    Regards, Hazel 

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

  • In reply to WendyBartter:

    WendyBartter said:
    Bit disappointing result as forgot to set alarm to check trap early so only found a Hewbrew Character & a Shuttle-shaped Dart ... better than nowt! Have put male Emperor out in the sun to warm up for take-off later, can always put lure out again when this terrible wind drops away!

    If it's windy the moths aren't around much & the almost full moon doesn't help either.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • Try again tonight, wind easing but can't do much about the moon on this clear night! 

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • Moth trap out again, much better night here & stupidly pleased to have just seen a pristine Waved Umber in the box ... if still there in morning I will try for a pic!   Only one female LBAM this morning!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • Minor success but lovely specimens ...

    male Muslin Moth x 2

    Hebrew Character

    male Waved Umber

    Here is my male Emperor, a bit damaged on one wing ... let him go!

    Now I have first incumbent of the year ... a caterpillar found in my cold frame ... still to be ID'd

    Seems quite content on a bed of Dandelion leaves

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • As you say, fine examples even if few!
    I saw a lovely Cinnabar today but couldn't keep up with it to get a photo!

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    Nige   Flickr