|Orange Sallow, Princes Risborough 18th September|
|Pandemis cinnamomeana, Princes Risborough 18th September|
Back home at Westcott, Bucks the garden actinic trap has been quite quiet for the past week and nothing further has been added to the year list. Last night's selection (90 moths of 15 species) was fairly typical, including just two individuals of Lunar Underwing. It and the other autumn species seem to rely to a large extent on ivy blossom as a source of food and the flowers are only just starting to open here. The little Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella doesn't seem to want to give up this year and eleven of them appeared at the trap last night, the highest total this month and the latest date I've recorded it. The one below must be a particularly hardy specimen because, unusually, it survived until this morning!
|Acentria ephemerella, Westcott 18th September|
Back on 16th September my eyes were drawn towards an odd-looking triangular arrangement of branches on a young birch in our garden and closer inspection showed the culprit to be a Peppered Moth caterpillar. Measuring 6.5cms, it must be nearly fully grown.