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.
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.
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.
Angleshades: Wonderful geometric patterns of greens and browns.
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.
Merveille du jour: Strikingly gorgeous green black and white. Stunning.
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.
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.
Brimstone: A very common delicate yellow moth with brown notch on the edge of the wing.
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!”
No new species for December 18th:
TOTALS TO DATE:
Birds = 229
Moths = 259
Wildflowers = 291