After such a lovely day yesterday Tim and I decided to meet up at Odiham Common to see what moths are on the wing.
Clearly needing so many micro moths for the website Tim usually provides me with some new ones along with information about their life cycle.
The trend for the morning seemed set before Tim arrived when along a path I found about 14 Nemophora degeerella dancing in the dappled sunlight before settling on plants below them. I had some real fun trying to photo these beautiful little micros for about 45 minutes. It was just fascinating the way they followed the direction of the sun moving along the path and seldom staying for long in any sunshine before returning to a plant.
One of the Umbellifers seemed to be favourite as it was higher off the ground but Bramble was another favourite.At one time I counted twelve settled on one plant.
I expressed how much enjoyment I had with these moths and in many ways it set an agenda as we were to find another 3 longhorn moths during the visit.One likes to protect itself along the hedge and is very similar to above but much smaller and goes under the name Adela croesella. We then found another that barely fits into a single flower of the Dame's Violet or Sweet Rocket called Cauchas rufimitrella. The final little Longhorn has white spots on the wing and is called Cauchas fibulella and loves Germander Speedwell as it lives off the plant.
So in a couple of hours of searching for these moths I now have another 3 new moths for the website and I wouldn't have known they existed let alone where to look.Thanks again Tim.