Wednesday, 7 May 2014

More from the garden

Been a bit lazy recently, both in terms of getting out and about, and in updating the blog. Recent additions have mainly been of the mothy type, a good week with the trap meaning I'm still way ahead of my species total from previous years. Away from the moths I got myself another springtail tick with the blind soil dwelling species Protaphorura armata, several of which were left briefly exposed when I lifted up a flower pot.

199: Protaphorura armata
Protaphorura armata
The garden is well and truly in flower now, and attracting lots of bees and other pollinating insects. New for the year were several of the common mining bee Andrena flavipes, whilst the red mason bees were busy, but not interested in being photographed. More cooperative were the mint moths that had appeared right on cue, and the shiny Rosemary Beetles that have appeared out of nowhere. There were also several of the common micro moth Argyrotaenia ljungiana, a pretty little species which seems to pop up just about everywhere.

200: Andrena flavipes
Andrena flavipes
201: Pyrausta aurata
Mint Moth
202: Rosemary Leaf Beetles
Rosemary Leaf Beetles getting busy
203: Argyrotaenia ljungiana
Argyrotaenia ljungiana

The moth trap had been fairly quiet recently, but was lit up at the start of May by a lovely Chocolate-tip, along with a supporting cast of Chinese Character, Flame Shoulder and the first Cockchafers on the year. The escapee list also continued to grow, with red twin-spot carpet and pebble prominent both showing a clean pair of heels!

204: Chinese Character
Chinese Character
205: Cockchafer
206: Chocolate-tip
207: Flame Shoulder
Flame Shoulder
Briefly breaking up the stream of moths, a very bright 22-spot Ladybird was a nice find in the garden, as was a large red damselfly hawking for aphids. Moths were soon back on the agenda though, with scorched carpet and maiden's blush the best of the recent finds.

208: 22-spot Ladybird
22-spot Ladybird
209: Pale Tussock
Pale Tussock
210: Cochylis atricapitana
Cochylis atricapitana
211: Garden Carpet
Garden Carpet
212: Small Phoenix
Small Phoenix
213: Scorched Carpet
Scorched Carpet
214: Maiden's Blush
Maiden's Blush
215: Green Carpet
Green Carpet
216: Common Pug
Common Pug
217: White-shouldered House Moth
White-shouldered House Moth
Total: 217 Species - see all the photos here

Lifelist 1317 Species Additions: Protaphorura armata and the micro moth Notocelia cynosbatella


  1. Beautiful; the rosemary leaf beetle and green carpet moth are so stunning! What is the name of the sunset-coloured flower?

  2. Beautiful; the rosemary leaf beetle and green carpet moth are so stunning! What is the name of the sunset-coloured flower?

  3. Thanks, think the flower is a wall-flower, although my plant knowledge is not great!