Sunday, 19 April 2015

Fine Young Cannibal

The moth trap this morning held a long-awaited first record for the garden. along with a more familiar species. The familiar moth was this Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus. The Lithophane moths have a sinister side, as their caterpillars have a tendency towards cannibalism, which can cause a nasty surprise for those trying to rear them!

Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus

The new species for the garden was this male Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria. This is one of the spring moths that has avoided my garden previously, so I was very pleased to finally record this beautiful moth.

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