Tuesday, 15 December 2015

More winter madness

Winter Moth, fine, Epiphyas postvittana, yes get them throughout the year, Silver Y, always a possibility though not sure I've personally had one in mid December before. A fresh Large Yellow Underwing however, definitely a new moth for this time of year for me! Scanning the garden recently there have been lots of LYU larvae feeding away, many of which seem fully grown. I found a Speckled Wood pupa on the conservatory door as well, which looks like it might not be too far off hatching. With reports of Daffodils, Sweet Violets in flower, frog spawn......this is a pretty messed up winter. Marc Botham, Didcot

Large Yellow Underwing 14-12-2015 Didcot

1 comment:

  1. I've been sat staring at this for 5-10 minutes in disbelief, even after all the other reports that I have seen. This must surely have just emerged ? It is not unusual for some pronuba larvae to be fully fed in December but for one to pupate and emerge is extraordinary, even if you take into account that it must have had some 'help' from the heat of the houses. I have only ever once seen this species in December and that was a very elderly one.

    Winter please - now !


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