Home base & Crantock
I’m back,the decorating has been finished for now and P & I have just spent a wonderful 10 days in sunny Cornwall (well half the time) with my sister & brother in law.
I had been looking forward to the break and the chance to try out the moth trap so many miles from home, but was soon to find the cold nights were still persisting here as well.
With 5 sunny days I also was able to spend 4 them looking up my favourite butterfly and moth haunts which will be told in 4 reports finishing in a crescendo that is still moving me some days after the event. I had another of those human/insect moments that will stay with me for ever, but I’m afraid you will be kept in suspense as time will probably only allow 1 report per day and more if I have the time, so keep looking as the best moment of my trip was saved to last.
One of the first things I do when visiting is to see if any moths are on wall etc and was surprised to find on a couple of Dogwood bushes has 3 resident Nettle-tap Anthrophila fabriciana (Linnaeus, 1767) moths which allowed me some fun with the camera especially as previous encounters with this minute moth has been very difficult in the field. I found no Nettles or Pellitory of the Wall so was left wondering why these moths never left this spot all the time I was there.
Warning - a little heed for asthma sufferers is well advised at the moment due to the very high pollen count in Cornwall which made me suffer a great deal on this holiday even when on steroids, so if you have young children with the condition, care is advised.Three hours back home and all symptons have gone.
I knew this was an infestation of some sort of clothes moth so the following morning caught one and took some photos which I have decided has three spots on the forewing possibly making it the Case-bearing Clothes Moth - Tinea pellionella Linnaeus, 1758. Mopping operations are ongoing as a second brood was evident.
How to get there - On the left hand side before parking in the beach car park you will find a National Trust sign to Rushy Green.
This area attracts the Painted Lady,Red Admiral,Wall,Silver-studded Blue,Common Blue, Dark Green Fritillary (possibly next week), Cinnabar,Large Skipper,Whites including Clouded Yellow, and the one I was looking for The Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
Being to early in the year we were unable to find Dark-green Fritillary and Scarlet Tiger on this trip, so I decided to head for this site to have some fun trying out Hummingbird Hawk-moth photography something I would suggest you do at no less than 1/4000 shutter speed and possibly up to 1/6400sec to get reasonable shots.
Like most of my favourite sites its windy which adds to the challenge so here is a few of my fun shots.
Crantock Beach is ideal for the children but please adhere to the flags indicating safe areas and avoid The Gannel on the right hand side of the beach which finishes at the main road into Newquay, and has dangerous tides at full tide. I believe Lifeguards are at this beach.