Has anyone else noticed that the White Ermine has succeeded the Brimstone as top 'semi-detached' moth, that is to say, slumbering outside the trap but nearby rather than going in? Every day for the past week, I've found one or usually more with a peak of five last Friday. I've pondered similarities of which pale colouring seems the most obvious; and differences, because the chubby Ermines are most unlike the slender Brimstone. Maybe there's another D.Phil (Oxon) subject here. Or maybe it's just that I/we don't notice the darker-coloured outsiders. That's the least interesting explanation but perhaps the most likely one as other outsiders this morning included a Clouded Silver and a Chinese Character.
Meanwhile, can I ask the saintly Dave, Peter and other experts whether I am right in ID-ing these micros as, in order, Phtheochroa rugosana, Aphomia sociella (the Bee Moth) and - although I am very very uncertain about this one - Ephestia unicolorella ssp woodiella. Help greatly appreciated.
In the macro world, moths are pouring in and I need a prolonged rainy spell to catch up with things. A beautiful Small Elephant Hawk this morning took my hawk tally to four and three Scorched Wings joined a Puss Moth and a Peppered in a display of dazzle camouflage. Martin Wainwright, Thrupp, Oxon