A ? of large yellow underwings…

Today we both had to go to Cambridge in the afternoon and then Ely in the evening, and so decided we would have a walk at Lynford Arboretum on our way. It was a warm and sunny day and there wasn’t a lot of bird activity, but Lynford is always a good place to visit.

So nothing really to report on the bird front, but I did go out into the garden this morning while Brenda was checking the contents of the moth trap. She uses cardboard egg boxes or packaging material to put in the trap (it’s what most people use) as it provides good nooks and crannies for the moths to settle in. With the high numbers of large yellow underwings she’s been noting recently I was interested to see how they settle in the trap, so here’s a photo of just one small pocket in the cardboard!

I wonder what the collective noun for large yellow underwings is?

Brenda writes: “By some fluke we managed to have a walk at Lynford Arboretum on our way to Cambridge today without getting wet. We’re now seeing berries ripening in many species and today I saw woody nightshade with both flowers and ripe berries – poisonous of course.

woody nightshade – flower (above) & berries (below)

As we headed on our way I saw Michaelmas daisies in a garden. This purple daisy gets its name because it flowers around the time of the festival of St Michael and All Angels on September 29th. There was also buckshorn plantain on the verge so called, I think, because the leaf shape is like a deer antler. 

New species for September 12th:
Flowers: buckshorn plantain, Michaelmas daisy

Birds = 217
Moths = 222
Wildflowers = 279