Its always frustrating but also gives a good reason to try again and if the weather holds I still might get lucky.
It was nice seeing the late season butterflies and none were more pleasing than the peacocks which were showing about 4/5 individuals.
Second brood Holly Blues were in good numbers over the reserve and also my first second brood Brown Argus was enjoying the wild flower bounty.
I have however been seeing the odd moths since my last report so thought I would add them including two new ones for me today.
The most common moths found almost every day was the Black Arches and Riband Wave,the former being a beauty.
Brown Argus enjoying the Selfheal or is it Wild Basil (need to look further) along with the Peacock.
The nominal form and f.remutata were seen in equal numbers.
What a beautiful moth the Black Arches is and what you cant see is the bright pink on its abdomen.
How special that these are showing every day at my normal source.
Next year a moth trap?
The Dun-bar may not win the fashion stakes but a "lep" to me is always beautiful no matter what.
As one of the Lasiocampidae they do tend to look very unusual.
This is a male, the female tending to be larger
It is either a Grey Dagger or Dark Dagger and there will be no prizes for guessing how it gets its name. What is it,eight?