Sunday, 4 September 2016

Seeing The Light & Another Clouded Yellow

Whenever I put the moth-trap out overnight it is always with the anticipation of attracting moths that I have not seen before. At this time of year the hope is for unusual migrants arriving from the near continent. However, other insect groups are also attracted to light and I often find caddis flies, bugs, beetles and other species represented amongst the mornings catch. Often, the only time you see some species of beetle is when they come to light.

The other day I put the trap out in its usual place, completely forgetting about a wasp nest that was under the nearby hedge; the following morning there were about 200 wasps in the bin!
Arhopalus rusticus
(a large Longhorn species that I have never seen before)

Nicrophorus interruptus
(a species of Sexton or Burying Beetle)

Small Phoenix (Ecliptopera silaceata)

Dark Sword-grass (Agrotis ipsilon)
(a regular migrant species)

During the last couple of weeks I have noticed an increase in Painted Lady numbers, feeding on the buddleia in my garden and also at fleabane on Pevensey Levels.

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

A friend of mine has recently holidayed in Cornwall and brought back a selection of local beers. My eye was immediately drawn to this bottle label and I very much enjoyed the contents within, courtesy of St. Austell Brewery.

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