Brenda’s moth choices

Brenda writes: “My turn to do my top ten moths. The buff tip is right up there and I do love the hawk-moths but there are humbler and sometimes very much smaller moths that I think are so cool…

Peppered moth: Settles with its wings open with a totally unique shape, instantly recognisable. Every one has a different combination of black and white speckles, hence the name.

peppered


Chinese character: A very pretty small white moth with black marks on its wings. It settles with wings closed and looks just like a tiny bit of bird poop.

Chinese character


Shuttle-shaped dart: A very common small moth, it is incredibly variable but the constant is two long oval marks on the wing that looks like a weaver’s shuttle.

shuttle-shaped dart


Angleshades: Wonderful geometric patterns of greens and browns.

angleshades


Saltmarsh plume: The plumes are totally mad micro moths with really thin wings. Their stance is usually with the wing at right-angles but the saltmarsh is instantly recognisable with wings forward at an angle a bit like antlers.

saltmarsh plume


Merveille du jour: Strikingly gorgeous green black and white. Stunning.

merveille du jour


Black rustic: Flies in the autumn, is bigger than the other rustics with an elegant line,  black and dark grey with a white crescent mark on the wing. 

black rustic


Oak eggar: A rich deep brown moth with a white spot on the wing, it settles with its wings closed. It’s quite furry and the male has wonderful feathered antennae. 

oak eggar


Brimstone: A very common delicate yellow moth with brown notch on the edge of the wing. 

brimstone


So here I am left with Clifden nonpareil (or blue underwing) – we’ve had several this year, a total delight each time – and buff tip which is the best ever ‘twig moth’ so I’m going to have to break the rules and have 11 best moths!”

blue underwing
buff tip


No new species for December 18th:

TOTALS TO DATE:
Birds = 229
Moths = 259
Wildflowers = 291