Thursday 29 August 2013

Poplar Surprise

The last few moth trappings have been a little disappointing but with the wind dying off last night I thought it was worth another go. About 10pm I had a look and while I was by the trap an Old Lady moth landed on the trap briefly and then vanished. Unfortunately this huge moth did not reappear and was not there this morning. A Cypress Pug was interesting but the surprise was a late Poplar Hawk Moth that was still in very good condition.
Yesterday I had a short trip to High and Over where I looked for Wall Brown ova (more of this to follow). I also saw several fresh Speckled Wood. It is so easy to ignore these common butterflies, but when they are really fresh they can be well worth a bit of effort. I particularly like the eye spots on the hindwing of this particular individual.