They might have been there but never showed, bolstering the thought that 3-4pm is the best time to see the males flying.
I did find another couple of Sallows with Adela cuprella flying in the tops so it was not a lost journey.
Neither was tonight when I had an email from a good friend Maurice Pugh who had been luckier then me at Blashford Lakes today,and could have been even luckier had the male Emperor not emerged before he was able to get his macro lens from the car. See the male here https://blashfordlakes.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/getting-otter/
He was delighted however to be able to get photos of the female which he has kindly donated to the website. Thank you very much Maurice. I'm honoured to have Maurice Pugh on the website as I have always been a fan of his photography as during the year he usually sends me some of the best, as we share seasonal sightings, and they are competition winners,literally.
So the circle has been squared after so many years between female Emperor Moths. Don't want to think how many years are involved.
The male next?
One photo taken in the sun and the other in the shade. I'm sure you will all agree the wait has been worth it.