A bit busy with village Flower Show
things in Sussex today, so a quick blog on Sheffield moths- from Sian’s garden last week. The Dark Arches moth has turned up in every Moth Trap I’ve done so far, so I bet it’s in your gardens too, between June and August. One of the reasons it’s so common is that the caterpillars can feed on a range of common grasses and the adults feed on a range of nectar-rich flowers. The colours of the adult Moths vary from light to a very dark (melanic) form, but all have the zig-zag line see here, with oval and kidney shapes on the wings. The Micro-moth is one I haven’t seen before, and has a gorgeous metallic stripe. The Micro Moths are often overlooked, can be very hard to identify, and hard to photograph because they are often less than a cm long, as this one was. When you can tell which it is, it often has a huge and impenetrable name! I think this one, for example, is ‘Argyresthria Goedartella’! Say no more. Conditions: Sheffield was due to be cloudy with some sun and rain. Temperature Max 18- Min 15 C.