Grey Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Garden Minibeast Safari

The dry summer has really helped keep garden growth under control this year but on Saturday I could finally put off the inevitable no longer. It was time to cut the grass. I can hear your shrieks of despair from here but fear not for I had a cunning plan. Read more…

Chimney Sweeper, Isle of Mull

Mothing on Mull

One thing we noticed this year on Mull were the sheer number and variety of moths flying both day and night, especially those which had a fascination with my head once I’d gone to bed. Most noticeable of course were the day flyers with Six-spot Burnets being far and away Read more…

First run for my self-built moth trap

Moth Trap Baptism

I’ve been waiting well over two years to write this post (mostly due to my own procrastination I’ll freely admit), but finally I’ve managed to run a moth trap in our garden. The trap in question is one of my own design, built on a budget with no fancy bulbs Read more…

Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Kent

Hummingbird Hawk-moths in Kent

On Saturday I woke to the calls of several Red Legged Partridge beneath our bedroom window, quickly followed by my sister screeching at frequencies normally only discernible to dogs. Oh yes it was wedding day and for the next few hours the cottage became a swarming mass of women fussing Read more…

Cinnabar Moth Caterpillars, Garden

All Consuming Cinnabars

Regular readers may recall that upon moving into our current house a couple of years ago, we discovered that the garden was already home to a small population of Cinnabar Moths. By small I mean no more than a couple of caterpillars and even fewer moths. Since then I have Read more…

Mint Moth

Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata)

It’s been a while since this blog has featured any moths, mainly due to the much promised but seldom progressed moth trap still being in pieces in my garage. That’s not to say they aren’t around though if the constant knocking against my windows each evening is anything to go Read more…