Friday, 21 August 2009

Not many of them around nowadays!

A few moths that appeal to me as interesting patterns and shapes, and also some good names.
All of these were caught and photographed in the last few days in the garden.

Maiden's Blush (Cyclophora punctaria)

This is certainly something I've not seen for a long time, a maiden's Blush. I wonder what the name would be if it was discovered now instead of a for more genteel age. This has come from the second generation of the year. The larvae feed on Oak leaves.

Coxcomb Prominent (Ptilodon capucina)

Fairly common throughout Britain, it flies in May and June and again in August. It think that the "coxcomb" turns what would have been a fairly dull moth into a real fashion statement.

Oak Hook-tip (Watsonalla binaria)

Another moth into the second generation of the year. As the name suggests the caterpillars feed on Oak leaves.

Cypress Pug (Eupithecia phoeniceata)

It's nice to have a very distinctive pug, one look and you know what it is. This species was first found in Britain in 1959, in Cornwall. It has now spread and breeds in Kent. It is also found in reasonable numbers in London.

1 comment:

margaret said...

The maiden's blush looks like marquetry. They're lovely.