Friday, 24 October 2014

Mild and bitter

The mild weather is bringing a good supply of moths to my Robinson trap in Thrupp including Sprawler, Feathered Thorn, Blair's Shoulder-knot, Brown-spot Pinion, Green-brindled Crescent (in many colourways), November and/or Autumnal, Brick, Red-line Quaker, Red-green Carpet, Silver Y, Beaded and Dark Chestnut. Common Plume, Garden Rose Tortrix and Gold Triangle. Less welcome is yet another brood of 'cabbage' white catties on our purple non-sprouting (the bitter part of my headline, because I am). Penny also found this Small Tortoiseshell (deceased) which had chosen an ill-advised place for its winter sleep.  Martin Wainwright, Thrupp, Oxon.

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