With few highlights for me with either butterfly or bird it has been mainly the moths that have given me the odd small highlight. Having run the moth trap a few times on the suitable nights a few species have appeared which I've only caught a few times before with the most spectacular being the wonderful Merveille du Jour. Such a beautiful moth that only when seen on lichens does it become clear why it is coloured the way it is
Thursday 21 October 2021
Sunday 10 October 2021
A couple of days ago I went for a bike ride and as I took the bike out of the garage I noticed a Red Admiral asleep on the wall. When I returned the butterfly was still there, and I also noticed the pupa case that it had emerged from hanging from a nearby drainpipe.
With the front of the house staying in shadow until the early evening I decided to take the butterfly to the back garden where it would stand a better chance of warming up and feeding before the cold night came. With light winds and quite cloudy conditions it only warmed up slowly which gave me plenty of opportunities to get some photos of the obviously very fresh individual.
Tuesday 5 October 2021
This was my 3rd year of hunting the rarely seen Clearwing moths. With 15 species in the UK I was pleased to see two thirds of the species this year.
I may one day get over to the West of the country to see the Welsh and the Thrift and just maybe one day I will see the extremely rare Fiery and scarce Hornet Clearwing. The other one I didn't see this year was the Sallow Clearwing which is only regularly seen on even years, as the lifecycle is over 2 years and this is the first year that any have been found on an odd year as far as I know.
It's only a few months of the year when these special moths are found, and the only way to see them easily is with a pheromone lure that imitates virgin females.
My first Clearwing of the year was the 6th June when I saw both the White-barred Clearwing and the Large Red-belted Clearwing, and my last of the year was the 12th August with the Raspberry Clearwing. Of the 10 seen the only new ones to me were the Currant Clearwing, that I caught in my garden and was the first Seaford record since the 1990s and the Orange-tailed Clearwing, that was also my favourite species and gave me my best photograph of a Clearwing this year.