Butterflies & Moths 2020

  • Was hoping for a Hawkmoth or two H, but no show!  Had a couple of teenies too, one was White-shouldered & the other hopped away too quick! Lol


     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • In reply to WendyBartter:

    Hi Wendy,
    I'm lucky enough to have a lot of hedging so I started doing what Kate Bradbury says and recycle my garden waste in the garden. Chop it up and pile it up under the hedging. I'm hoping it'll get lots of creepie-crawlies as they can thrn take cover from the wrens.
  • Good idea Russ, don't have a great deal of room but have been contemplating getting a shredder to make my own mulch!


     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • In reply to WendyBartter:

    We have a shredder Wendy and its worth its weight in mulch, all our pruning & cutting back goes through it otherwise the brown bin wouldn't cope.



  • Whoop whoop, we are officially allowed to start  Butterfly monitoring again.  

    I put the moth trap out the other night - not a brilliant selection.  I failed to get up at first light so they may have abandoned ship but had 

    Clouded Border

    and a couple I'm unsure about and would be grateful for a hint in the right direction 

    The photo doesn't do the shiny copper gold justice

    This one was very dark 

    Hope everyone is keeping well and safe 


    Cin J

  • Nice pics all.... Mrs PB spotted this in the kitchen a few minutes ago... looks similar to your Cin….?

    PS That's not the kitchen wall, as I went to take pic it flew outside :o)

  • That looks like a beautiful Garden Carpet, PB - they have lovely intricate markings


    Cin J

  • Thanks Cin, wouldn't have known where to start looking for ID (I did have a look, but it starts with "is it a butterfly or moth?", and I didn't know lol)
  • In reply to Germain:

    Hi CinJ, That middle one is a beauty & not really sure what it is but could be Diarsia mendica (Ingrailed Clay). The last one is a Minor either Oligia strigilis or versicolor (cut-up job). We've had some dewy mornings & once the damp starts to come down at night the moths don't come so much, so maybe that's why they were a bit sparce.

    However we've had some lovely sunny days & been out every day for the last few days doing butterfly walks

    Marsh Fritillary

    Pearly Heath

    Meadow fritillary

    Five-spot Burnet

    It took us a few days but we're now making the most of our freedom!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France