There is a lovely green lane two fields north of us. It is full of flowers and moths. Walking across the fields and along the green lane to the moor and back should take an hour or so, yesterday it took three hours.
There were thousands of these, they've just begun their main emergence. A bit of a swine to photograph as they fly at the slightest provocation. They are beautiful nonetheless.
Another recent emergence and present in tens if not hundreds. Both these species were inflight at almost every footstep.
There were also lots of Middle-barred Minor, on one Hogweed there were five, probably 100 altogether.
There were Silver-ground Carpet in abundance as well, and the first Celypha lacunana for the year and a few Magpie.
I failed to photograph Common Blue, of which there were a few.
But with all the common species there were a few gems. Yellow Shell is not a moth I see very often but a rather large individual eventually was photographable.
And I think this micro is Eudonia truncicolella, not the rarer E. lineola (happy to be corrected though, although the CR would want a gen det I think).
|Reidentified by SG and SS as Scoparia ambigualis, big thank you.|
There were these two micros, not the best images, which I've yet to work out.
The first one is perhaps just a Timothy Tortrix seen from the side. But the second one is a challenge.
|Timothy Tortrix maybe.|
|Unknown micro - possibly Aethes cnicana, thanks SS.|
Amongst all the moths there were a few other things, piles of the sawfly Tenthredo arcuata sl (possibly T. notha).
|Tenthredo arcuata s.l. (T. notha perhaps).|
The click beetle Hemicrepitius hirtus, identified by the antennae and the tiny fourth tarsal segement without a hairy pad.
In the interest of science I allowed myself to be bitten, twice....
|Getting stuck in.|
Both of these are females with the eye colour over the whole eye. You can see the antennal notch quite clearly on the second one and close-up. Males have the third antennal segement orange. It was a bit annoying for half an hour or so afterwards.
One of my favourtie things was around as well:
As well as this ichneumon there were a few Ophion sp. Yet again I'm pretty sure I saw Bombus jonellus, but no photos, so no proof. Other Bombus seen were pascuorum and lucorum s.l.
In amongst this I started to play with Google Lens. It was mentioned online the other day and there is a paper about apps for identifying things. Lens seemed to come out ok and as it is included in my Motorola I gave it a try. It is astonishingly accurate with plants, and truly hopeless with moths and other insects. On a good few occasions it came out with the correct plant identification as first choice, including things like False 0at-grass. However, the Tenthredo was identified as a Honeybee and Middle-barred Minor as a Pammene species, at least it got it to moth. The local plant recorder is about to be bombarded with my plant records which I have singularly failed to upload from "proper" photographs, sorry JC.
Google Lens got Plantago maritima as first choice, well impressed. An interesting plant to find along the green lane, 8km inland.
Thanks to MS for mentioning Public Service Broadcasting in his blog, somehow escaped my radar. Blown away. I especially love this album.
But they're all good. Playing in Glasgow in November, very tempted to make the trip.
It is hard not to make comment about the football. Disgusting racism towards young players, and beating up our Italian guests. Let alone the laser incident and booing the Danish anthem. What is the matter with people? Actually, none of this surprises me, sadly. If you have any influence at work, or are a trade unionist, pressing for this very effective and inexpensive training by Show Racism the Red Card would be a good move....
https://www.theredcard.org/education - other training providers are available.