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Moths in May

The warm spell towards the end of April brought everything on with a rush. Moths responded, with some species hanging on and other, later species emerging early.

Beautiful Golden-Y moth

Look out for the Beautiful Golden Y, its sumptuous pattern not to be confused with Silver Y or Plain Golden Y.

Red Kite

Red Kite spotted near Duchy College Saturday 21 April 2018 about 3.30 - 4.00 our first sighting in Cornwall.

Dormice feeding!

A hungry dormouse fed well on sunflower seed kernels last night at the feeding station at the top of the garden near the wood.

I began to put food out last week but only signs of wood mice. Yesterday I found that the organic red apple had been nibbled to the skin which is usually a sign of dormice but there there were no droppings.

However this morning, there were a lot and judging from the size, this was an adult, not a juvenile from last autumn.

Chiffchaffs

First one through here in Middlewood (but did not stay) on Monday April 2nd then serious song on the 4th and now they are calling all day!

But late compared to previous years. 

Swallow

A swallow flew overhead this morning when I was sitting outside at Lower Trekenner. 

Moths in April, now with images!

March came in like a lion and went out like another. It will be interesting to see whether we see the moths of early spring which we didn't see, will catch up, or whether we will 'jump' to the more seasonal species. April usually gives a bigger variety.

The next pug to appear this year should be V Pug, green when fresh, but quickly fading. However, the characteristic black V mark in the upper wing is constant, unless the moth is so worn as to be unidentifiable.

The Hairy-footed Flower Bee!

I have seen a honey bee and two bumble bees from a distance but at last, today, there was a bee in the greenhouse that I could name. New to me last year although Mary & Tony have been seeing them for a few years now, once seen, never forgotten! It is Anthophora plumipes, the hairy-footed flower bee.

Brimstone Butterfly

Do you remember, there was a lovely spring-like day this week? We saw our first -of - the -year male Brimstone Butterfly flying in Higher Downgate on 13th March.

Bloody-nosed Beetle

First Bloody-nosed Beetles for the year for us. Enjoying the sun on a bank near Golberdon yesterday 8th March.

Moths in March

The combination of foul weather from Siberia and Portugal have put a stopper on flying insects. Bitter east winds with snow and sub-zero temperatures, have been followed by rain. I  eagerly await the first moth trapping of the month at the next chance.

The aptly-named March Moth may then be seen and I show the first two Pugs of the season, Brindled below left and Double-striped below right, for comparison.Pugs can be tricky and worn ones are just about impossible to identify with any certainty.

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