As has been the case in recent summers the middle to end of July is proving to be the best period for diversity of species in the garden and a golden spell of three new for the list in three days had an obvious highlight for me, a Golden Plusia, not only a rare species in the county at the moment but to my eyes a very nice looking one. Also new and generally more common was a Small Dotted Buff and a Small Phoenix. This followed on from two others new at the start of the month, Orange Footman and Small Yellow Wave. Also illustrated a very smart Oak Nycteoline, very much better than the normal fairly plain ones I get.
Not much happened during the month until the last week, with the year list steadily progressing with the usual suspects but not much of real note. Thankfully numbers and variety picked up in the last few days of the month. Unfortunately, other than one Dark Sword-grass, a few Diamond-backed Moths and a procession of Silver Y, I did not record any of the migrants that are currently winging their way around the country. Only one new macro for me, a Tawny Shears.
Tawny Shears - new for garden on 17th June
Dark Sword-grass - my sixth in five years, 16th June
All black Peppered Moth impersonating a SR71 Blackbird
White Ermine - second garden record, first in June 2010
Toadflax Brocade - well established (four in May and five in June)
Ingrailed Clay - every one seems to be different
Broom Moth - a couple every year
Shoulder-striped Wainscot - common here but seemingly not for other county trappers
I have been birding (and general nature watching) from my base in Bedfordshire since the 1990's. From June 2010 I thought it would be fun to get into the joys of mothing so started the Wychwood Moths blog to highlight some of the successes I have had from a mature garden in Wychwood Avenue just off the A6 going north out of Luton. There maybe the odd extralimital moth or other nature images from elsewhere thrown in there as well.