|Elephant Hawkmoth - one of the biggest and brightest in my trap so far|
I've been putting the moth trap out pretty much whenever I can, definitely over the recent weekends as the weather's been so much better here in Yorkshire than earlier in the year. On most nights it's been the perfect trapping weather, warm, but cloudy, and in the day, it's been the perfect insect and bird weather, sunny with no clouds! It did mean some very high temperatures though. It's been up to 36*C in some parts of England!
Well like I say, the trap's been going very well as I have got loads of new species in the garden just this week! Friday's catch for example, brought:
6 Common Footmen
5 Ribband Wave
1 Codling Moth
15 Chrysoteuchia culmella
1 Magpie Moth
16 Large Yellow Under-wing
2 Diamond Back Moths
3 Dark Arches Moths
1 Double Square Spot
1 Iron Prominent
2 Buff Tip
1 Pale Prominent
2 Scalloped Oaks
1 Brimstone Moth
|Acleris forsskaleana - little moth, big name!|
1 Acleris forsskaleana
1 Barred Red
2 Marbled Beauty's
1 Spectacle Moth
1 Elephant Hawk Moth
1 Dun Bar
1 Dot Moth
1 Dark Fruit Tree Tortix
1 Mother of Pearl
1 Red Barred Tortix
(The ones in bold are new ones to my garden list!)
So you can see that I got quite a few species. I am going to set up a page somewhere to show all the species I get in the garden but I am also recording them on Mapmate so they can be added to the local records,
|Esme in action!|
It has lots of different modes (several of which I haven't worked out yet) but I mostly use the sport, macro, and Creative Auto settings. Each enabling me to get shots of different individual things.
Sport - If I'm taking a photo of something moving, such as a bird or butterfly (or Esme!).
Macro - If I'm taking photos of plants or insects, that are moving.
Creative Auto - Pretty much anything else.
But the most exciting thing that has happened his week, happened last Monday morning, from about 7:30 until 9:00.
I had another radio interview!
|3 Poplar Hawk Moths!|
Skip to 1hr 33mins of the programme here to listen to me!
|New camera is pretty good with hoverflies on the wing!|
Skip to 2hrs 50mins of the programme here to listen to me!
Well, that's one update for you on some new and exciting activities. I have some interesting species to do blogs on and a big reserves challenge update to do, so watch out for more soon.
Hope you enjoyed,