Wednesday, 22 December 2010

It's too cold for moths...!

....but that won't stop us showing you a photograph of one, it's the best thing about this blog. Not for the sane quarter of the team that old gull rubbish. Those other 3 can go boil their heads if they think I'm ever going to go twitch a rare gull ever again. Unless it's a Ross's Gull, that doesn't count because I haven't seen it.

Anyway, this moth is Barred Umber Plagodis pulveraria and of course you're not going to find it on the 22nd December but you might very well see it if you stick a moth trap out between May and mid-June

The larvae feed on a wide range of plants including willow Salix spp., birch Betula spp, Hazel Corylus avellana and Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna