WINE RACE 2016 .. MATTc380 .. TRENT 353 .. BEN 347 ...... Garden species:- Macros 357, Micros 365, Total 722

Saturday, 29 March 2014

28th March 2014 ... Garden Moths at last

After a week of cold weather it was back to the garden moth traps.
Minimum overnight temperature was 6+ degrees and the next few nights look very good as it gets warmer.
14 moths of 6 species were recorded
1524 ... Emmelina monodactyla x 1
1862 ... Double-striped Pug x 3
1917 ... Early Thorn x 2
2187 ... Common Quaker x 2
2190 ... Hebrew Character x 1
2243 ... Early Grey x 5

Hebrew Character on Bird-cherry 

Early Thorn
29th March
Todays sunshine has seen the garden explode with insect activity.
Brimstone, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies, Bee Flies, Shield Bugs, Lily Beetles (unfortunately) and Ladybirds including Two-spot, Seven-spot and the uncommon 4-spot Pine Ladybird.
At 4mm in length the tiny Pine Ladybird is easily identified with a close inspection.
There are some ladybird forms that can resemble Pine,but the ID clinchers are as follows ....The two spots at the rear are "Full stops" and the two spots at the front are "Commas".
It also has a rim at the edge of the wing case which likens it to a small brimmed bowler hat when viewed from above.

Pine Ladybirds
Small Tortoiseshell catching some rays on my garden wall ...

1 comment:

  1. It is certainly looking good next week :) fingers crossed.