Wednesday, 12 October 2011

11th October 2011

A beautifully marked female Feathered Thorn was new for the year in a trap with ever decreasing numbers of moths despite the prolonged spell of warm nights. The non-moth interest was a Birch Shield-bug which hasn't shown up in the trap before.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

4th October 2011

I was briefly very excited by this moth-like insect found in the trap this morning. A closer look revealed the wings to be semi-transparent and once it moved a very unmoth-like head and neck appeared. It is a Brown Lacewing - Drepanepteryx phalaenoides.

Monday, 3 October 2011

2nd October 2011

Another warm but clear night and once more the hoped for migrants stayed away. Compensation this time came in the form of a stunning Merveille du Jour - just the third record for the garden and the first since 2009.

I couldn't resist adding a picture of this amazing bug, the weevil Curculio nucum:

Sunday, 2 October 2011

1st October 2011

A rather dull result in the moth traps was livened up a bit with the presence of a House Cricket and a Dak Bush-cricket, both females.