|Nigel Hutchinson with moth trap|
Patrick unpacking with care and identifying most moths. I realised at this point how conditional identification is, are they old, are they worn? Puzzled too that not all micro-moths are as small as their name suggests.
|Lunar Underwing (Omphaloscelis lunosa)|
The Underwing family well represented. The Large Yellow (Noctua pronuba) with its buttery surprise flashes of colour the commonest. Lesser Yellow Underwings (Noctua comes) too, convincingly camouflaged. They may be curious to us and worthy of study, but to other creatures they're just food! Subtle details of patterning identified the Lunar Underwing (Omphaloscelis lunosa). Intrigued by this, omphalos is the Greek word for 'navel'. Omphalos stones were the 'navel of the world' where contact could be made with the gods, such as at Delphi. Is this the origin of the moth's name? Why?
|Silver Y (Autographa gramma)|
|Snout (Hypena probosciscidalis)|
|Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana)|
A Common Wainscot too, although its name (Mythimna palens) suggests a store of fables and more solid architectural detail.
|Common Wainscot (Mythimna palens)|
|Vine's Rustic (Hoplondrina ambigua)|
|Square-spot Rustic (Xestra xanthographa|
Very few moths, but a first layer of stories and speculations.
Post by : Nigel Hutchinson