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