Butterflies & Moths 2020

  • In reply to Nigel O:

    Nigel O said:

    Must be tempting to go completely bonkers with your new found freedom on Monday, trying to go to as many places as possible all at once!!

    I did think of going off to do a moth trap at 00h05 on the 11th, just because I can, but mybe leave it till Monday night. The weather is against doing much but may just go out on a few daytrips with a sandwich!! Certainly no socialising for a long time, still debating whether to do "normal" shopping, it's all a bit traumatising. I feel safe now & don't want to do anything to jeopardise it.

    We still have a daily walk for an hour & today was a real WOW factor. This beauty was hanging onto a piece of grass, sticking out on the road about 200m from the houes. It's a Willowherb Hawkmoth & only ever seen one once before which was already dead.

    As any passing car on this narrow lane would have killed it, I transferred the grass to a safer place away from the edge.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • A great spot.
    I'd be packing the sandwiches ready!


    Nige   Flickr

  • Stunning moth Hazel, well spotted.


    Regards, Hazel 

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

  • Super moth H, know what you mean about going out & around, not for me for a long time methinks ... just found out about local tip opening on 15th & have to book online for a slot & wear mask & gloves to visit ... need to go as we're drowning under a mountain of garden waste & no safe place to have a bonfire here but not looking forward to going there!!


     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • What a beauty of a moth Hazel. We are now allowed out to play for up to 4 hours, to meet up with 2 friends and they have opened up the recycling site. I have my suspicion that they have 'over flattened' the curve and now want people to start catching it in a controlled manner. The nightingale hospital has just been completed and people are being trained up.
    I'm still avoiding people.
    Trap set for tonight


    Cin J

  • Bet you have more luck than me C, some of my Muslins have not even flown off from last night's onslaught! Lol


     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • I had a decent haul Wendy.  

    A few that I've managed to ID 

    Oak Hooktip

    Green Silverlines

    Chinese  Character 

    I will try to id more later but my hay fever is awful and I can't actually see very well at the moment 

    Oh and Erik checking out a handful of the 30+ Maybugs that came to join in


    Cin J

  • Oh gosh, your Erik is sooo lovely. My hauls have gone up lately but it's so insettled, don't really know what to do. I might put out the lamps & a sheet & sit up. Then if a storm comes I can grab the lamps & leg it.
    I think our local waste recycling places will be open next week, but if everyone has (like us) 2 months worth of weeds, I won't bother. Luckily we have the space to store it here.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Germain:

    Delightful photo of Erik, C--thanks. He just makes me smile! I won't mind more photos! (And of anyone's insect visitors as well as of Erik!)

    Kind regards, 


  • Quite forgot to post my moth pics from last night, pics a bit fuzzy taken in dark with flash in case they'd gone by morning ... which they had!!

    Lovely Brimstone

    Latticed Heath

    male Waved Umber on kitchen window (tricky)

    female LBAM

    Tortrix of some kind??

    Sorry to hear you're suffering so much C ... give that lovely Erik a big cuddle!


     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr