Friday, 21 August 2015

Halesowen 20th August

Not a bad night for my garden here in Halesowen last night with a tally of 78 species although the majority of moths were made up of the ‘August browns’ of Large Yellow Underwings, Common Rustic aggs., Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, Square-spot Rustics etc. etc. Even 5 Old Ladies, while nice to see, were still brown!

Shining through the sea of brown were a couple of golden nuggets in the form of a Gold Spot, which I may see here once a year if I am lucky, and a couple of nice fresh Canary-shouldered Thorns, which I record more frequently.

On the grey egg cartons in the moth trap Canary-shouldered Thorns stand out like a sore thumb but hanging from some Birch leaves on-the-turn, and finding such leaves with ease was a reminder that autumn is knocking on the door, they are extremely well camouflaged. Patrick Clement

Canary-shouldered Thorn

Gold Spot

1 comment:

  1. If your sore thumb looks like that, I'd seek medical advise.


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