Wednesday, 17 July 2013

By Royal appointment

I was more than a little pleased to see this beautiful moth at rest on an egg box in the MV this morning - Royal Mantle. Before today I've only seen this species on the North Downs in the Ranmore area, so can only assume that the hot weather has sent this individual off on a wander. Also recorded was the second garden record of Pine Carpet, a True-lover's Knot and a Pine Hawk-moth, the last two species being just about annual. With the warm, muggy nights set to continue, it makes checking the trap in the mornings that bit more exciting.


  1. Very nice.

    I took a 'night off' from mothing last night to allow a long overdue proper kip! It's a great time for mothers at the moment.

  2. I'm a bit tired at the moment Andrew, but several pints of Doom Bar are probably responsible...