Merveille du Jour

Wednesday, September 30th 2009

Other areas are a patchwork of Betony, Hedge Woundwort, Marsh Valerian and the airy flowers of the many grasses. They have an abundance of butterflies, hoverflies, bees, spiders and beetles that either feed on the nectar or each other!

Merveille du Jour moth

This stunning moth from last nights catch is a Merveille du Jour and although it has been recorded at Foxglove Covert before it hasn't been seen in recent years. This moth which flies in September and October is both a resident and common species. It comes to light and feeds on ivy flowers and overripe berries. The larval foodplant is oak. Other species trapped last night include the Chestnut, Pink-barred Sallow, Spruce Carpet and the beautiful yellow Canary-shouldered Thorn.

The phone line was down today and consequently we were unable to read or send any emails. BT are aware of the fault. Please be patient and if you need to contact us in the meantime you can call us on the site mobile: 07754 270980.


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