onsdag 30 juli 2008
29:th of July
We set out to try moth-watching by a high bog surrounded by vast pine and spruce forests. No wind, no moon, but clear skies. After a slow start our expectations are overtrumphed, and it proves to be a really good night. We identify no less than 58 species on 4 sheets, some of which are beautiful and some rare.
This night´s rarities does not even have English names; Setema cereola and Cosmotriche lobulina. Both northern species on their southern limit.
Some that have include True Lover´s Knot, Dark Arches, Bordered Beauty, Scalloped Oak, Orange Swift, Rannoch Looper , Cousin German, Pale Eggar and July Highflyer, to mention but a few.
Northern Spinach, Black Arches are among the most common ones. Garden Tigers, Large Emeralds and Pine-tree Lappets are the biggest.
As you can see the sheets where pretty full sometimes.
tisdag 29 juli 2008
26:th of July
We´re visiting Tjärnö on the west coast of Sweden. A boat-trip into the archipelago takes us to a small islet with some good shores for scubadiving and even some nice parts for butterfly watching. To my surprise I encounter a Swallowtail, which is not only a beautiful butterfly, but also quite late in the season. I saw my first one up in Färna ekopark already in mid May. And this individual looks really fresh too. Just look at it!
fredag 25 juli 2008
21:st of July 2008
We set out for a night´s moth-watching in perfect circumstances. After a day with some showers, the night becomes calm, slightly cloudy and warm. Behind the curtain of clouds a full moon is showing briefly. We haven´t more than put up the mercury lamps and white sheats, when a Great Grey Owl flies towards us and perches in a birch right next to the lamp. It allows us to approach down to 3 meters and yet still it does not move more than it´s head, gazing curiously down on us.
Across the meadow we can hear a Great Grey Owl chick begging for food. Might supper be of moths tonight?
Time flies and at 3 ´0 clock in the night we realise that we´ve just experienced a great night with plenty of good stuff on the canvas, including at least 7 gorgeous Garden Tigers, 3 Black Arches, several Large Emeralds, 2 Popplar Hawk Moths, 1 Pine Hawk Moth, and all together at least 49 species of Moth. Very exciting!