Having had my luck a few years ago when I found a female 100 metres from leaving the reserve I dont feel disappointed and with the bank holiday weekend coming up,may get another chance.
At least I am still finding moths and last evening I enjoyed watching the start to a moth might by my back door with the outside light on.
I have a very small garden of 7m x 3.5m and have put half of that into a wildlife garden.
I was fascinated by the way the moths worked there way into the lower regions of the Hemp Agrimony just to find fresh flowers when all around spiders were dropping fine threads in the same plant. I dont like spiders but I do admire them especially as they cant pop down to the supermarket. On the Buddleia the Silver Y were busily feeding on the sweet smelling flowers and I noticed on the freshest bloom a white spot which was of course a Crab Spider. This time of the year it not good to be a moth.
In the Hemp Agrimony something moved on the stem,it was a Bush Cricket,what here in my concrete jungle? I felt proud of what was going on in that short spell outside as the creatures of the night stirred!!!!
A wildlife garden is something that should be mandatory in all gardens so if you dont have one......
Back to moths here are some of the ones seen of late.
What a gorgeous micro moth this one is,called the Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix I found this one today.
This little moth is the Double-striped Pug a double brooded moth that can in mild winters be found as early as January
Another beautiful micro found at Odiham Common today,cousin of Agapeta hamana this one is A.zoegana
A tortrid from the back garden is an accidentally introduced moth from Australia called the Light Brown Apple Moth.Not the most striking of moths but still one we would have not normally seen.
Another moth I found a couple of this week is the Dingy Footman a moth that folds its wings over it back when at rest.
I have seen many repeat moths this week like Straw Dot,Riband Wave & Emmelina monodactyla,Eudonia truncicolella (3) along with a couple of unidentified micros.