Saturday, 24 October 2015

Like the buses

You wait ages for a Feathered Thorn and then five arrive at once. Would this be a communal hatching? Or males attracted by a female? They're the first I've had this year.

I've also been getting some beautiful-condition Blair's Wainscots and last night brought another; presumably local now an not migrant?

Finally, may I ask if this is a Sprawler?  Many thanks in anticipation as always.  Martin Wainwright, Thrupp, Oxon


  1. Hi Martin, I wish I was getting Blair's Wainscots! Still, you are in good company because even Paul Waring made the same basic error in the latest issue of the Entomologists' Record. What you have there is Blair's Shoulder-knot and I'm also still getting quite fresh examples (although, surprisingly, none last night). Your bottom picture is indeed a Sprawler, which to me always looks like one of the shoulder-knots dressed for winter. I had my first example of the year last night too, and with Nigel's December Moth in the Chilterns it means that the only common macro-moths which have yet to be reported locally this autumn are Scarce Umber and Winter Moth.

  2. Whoops sorry! I'm very bad at checking what I've written... I very much agree with you about the look of the Sprawler - and thanks for confirming that that is what it is. I'll keep my eyes peeled for the two macros. All warmest, M


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