Sunday, 25 October 2020

Signs of Migration

Signs of migration continued here at Norchard, Worcs over the weekend with two Vestal, a Dark Sword-grass and a Diamond-back Moth. A late Uncertain is possibly a second brood rather than a migrant.

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Bodenham Migrants

 Having just returned from Scilly and had a disappointing time with migrants, it's ironic that I should get such a flush of them in the garden including a county first. The Spoladea recurvalis provided some entertainment, when it flew onto the cone I knew what it was immediately but fluffed it with the pot. I came inside to look it up and then wasn't sure thinking it might be Pyrausta nigrata which can fly in October - fortunately, unknown to me it flew down into the trap without drowning itself so I was pleased and relieved to find it again under an egg box.

Over 2 nights I recorded the folloing migrants:

October 20th: Silver Y (1), Vestal (1), Palpita vitrealis (1)

October 21st: Spoladea recurvalis (1) - county first, Palpita vitrealis (2), Diamond-back (1), Gem (1), Dark Sword Grass (1).

Bodenham: Spoladea recurvalis

Bodenham:  Dark Sword Grass

Bodenham: Palpita vitrealis

Bodenham: Gem

Bodenham: Vestal
Robin Hemming

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Hummingbird Hawk-moth

 I first saw this Hummingbird Hawk-moth at 8.30 am on a cold Sunday morning the 11th of October in my garden at Norchard, Worcs. This photo was taken later on the same morning and presumably the same individual feeding on a Salvia. I had found a Vestal feeding on ivy on the 2nd of October. Unfortunately it had disappeared when I got back with my camera.