Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The First Cold Night

Only nine moths in the trap this morning, but that was to be expected with the low temperature.
Nevertheless there was a Lunar Underwing, a very variable moth, but its name comes from the pattern on its underwings, which is its distinguishing feature.

Lunar Underwing

Garden Tiger, Arctia caja larva.
However, a couple of interesting items during the week were a small, VERY hairy caterpillar found on a Juncus sp.  in the water meadow down Ludlow Road. This is still to be identified.

Silver Y pupa
Similarly, on a walk round part of Coppice Leasowes reserve, I found a pupa in its silken sheath attached to a yellow Iris leaf. I shall have to wait some time for the moth to emerge.

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