Tuesday, 26 July 2011

More Moths

Bird News
The black-necked grebe was again on Ibsley Water today and was about the only notable sighting I made. Reports received from there included 18 Egyptian geese, at least two common sandpiper, with two more on Rockford Lake.
Moth News
A lot of moths, sixty-eight species in fact, although the interesting ones were not showy. A twin-spotted wainscot was the first for the year and a small Pyralid moth Pyrausta nigrata seesm to be the first both for the reserve and the 10km square. It is not especially rare, but usually restricted to the chalk where the caterpillar feeds on wild marjoram. There is marjoram in the garden by the pond so perhaps that is why it was there. It is quite a smart little species, dark, almost black, with whitish cross lines.

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