Thursday, 9 March 2017

Spider food

My tally creeps up two-by-two, the latest pair being the lovely Oak Beauty above and the Common Quaker below. I've also added a pic of what I fear is the March Moth which I reported on the other day. Our house is spider-infested and no place for straying moths.   Martin Wainwright, Thrupp, Oxon


  1. Rob is correct, Martin - the second image is indeed a smart Clouded Drab. Shame about that March Moth! Our house is also home to legions of Pholcus phalangioides (the "Daddy Long-legs Spider") but I've not yet noticed any moths falling prey to them. I did lose a Hebrew Character outdoors near the trap last night when it landed on the adjacent fence and was promptly seized by a large spider, variety unknown. I also lost a Small Brindled Beauty to a ground beetle in Bernwood Forest and I'll post a picture later!

  2. Many thanks both - sory for my usual confusion. I'm glad you have a spidery home, Dave. It's interesting to hear how many ways moths become prey. Back in Leeds, I had an extremely persistent blackbird one year which got to understand the trap's workings very well. I had to get up very early to beat it. All best and thanks again. M


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