At a time when the evening temperature of 10C only produced two moths it was enjoyable to read Tim,s blog so thanks again Tim.
As the result of above the moth trap has had a temporary retirement for the past week but glad to say will be out again tonight. Clearly the frosty evening have not allowed moths to emerge but things will change rapidly this week as the weekend figure rise above 20c and thank goodness for that.
Today I had hoped to catch up on some butterflies but the wind is still not helping the situation especially on Magdellan Hill Down where I was today.
I expected a few butterflies but in the end had a total count of Peacock 1,Small Tortoiseshell 1, Green-veined White 3,Brimstone 2M,3F/M and Grizzled Skipper 12 & 1 moth namely a Green Carpet but alas no Green Hairstreak which is the first time I have missed them at this time of the year. No doubt a catch up at the weekend.
A couple of days ago I went to Odiham Common to try and photograph male and female Orange-tip and one again only achieved 50% with only 2 females on view.
At least the solitary Red Mason Bees are out at home and with the option of a couple of new bee houses. Its fun to just sit and watch as they flit from one Dandelion to another. Yes,I dont consider the Dandelion to be a weed especially as without them there would be no bees as that appears to be all they settle on so there's plenty in my wildlife garden and the bees are thriving.
The final comment is about that yearly pest that loves to hang on, at least mine did until they were removed with tweezers.The Ticks were picked up at Odiham Common so please if you are out there with your camera do check yourself afterwards as one of their favourite places is in the groin.I loath them but the tweesers work well so please be warned as nobody wants the infectious Lyme's disease.