Brenda writes: “For me the sign that autumn is just around the corner is ivy coming into flower and I saw my first today. It really is rather beautiful and will provide our insects with a valuable source of nectar as other species go to seed.
Talking of going to seed, I came across a patch of purple loosestrife today amongst the creeping thistle thistle-down.
The moth trap was back on and we had an exciting night with an old lady and another blue underwing, plus two new species. I am rather surprised that I haven’t recorded snout yet this year. I think it’s fairly obvious why it’s called this!
The second new moth is the very pretty light emerald. I love the dark notch on the edge of its wing.”
New species for September 4th:
Moths: snout, light emerald
TOTALS TO DATE:
Birds = 215
Moths = 222
Wildflowers = 276