Moths in January (now illustrated!)

A limited number of moths are still to be seen even in the
depths of winter, particularly if the conditions are relatively mild, quiet and
overcast. Those species which occur in winter are less fussy about conditions
than their summer brethren. They have to be!

Common and Small Quakers may be seen and the micro Light
Brown Apple Moth, 

Light Brown Apple mothLight Brown Apple moth female

originally an Australian and first recorded in Cornwall in
1936, can be seen at any time of the year. It is highly variable but typical
variations are shown here.

 

 

If you are on holiday in Spain and are puzzled by a moth,
there is an excellent Facebook group called las Pollillos de Espana (the Moths
of Spain) It has instant translation and you can usually get an identification
of a moth if you post a reasonable photo of one seen on the Spanish mainland or
the Balearics or The Canaries. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not boasting. This is
just to show how useful this contact can be 
--   last autumn I was able to get three species
new to Menorca identified by an expert. It was very pleasing to find that a
compulsion to look at moths was actually of some real value!

Common Quaker moth         Small Quaker moth