Friday, June 12, 2015

rising to prominence

Birding has definitely been on the back-burner this spring, with mothing fitting in better around my domestic and office schedule. My first season has been dominated by a very cool spring and early summer that has certainly impacted on the numbers of moths caught. Species diversity though has been wondrous, it has been impossible to predict what might turn up and this of course generates a huge amount of excitement as you approach the trap just after dawn.

Pictured below are some of the the real-lookers of the moth world - the Notodontids or prominents. I will try and post hightlights more frequently in future...

 Coxcomb prominent (Ptilodon capucina)

Pebble prominent (Notodonta ziczac)

 Swallow prominent (Pheosia tremula)

Pale prominent (Pterostoma palpina)

Buff-tip (Phalera bucephala)

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