Insect News

Last night I had 76 moths in and around my moth trap. There were two Brindled Ochres, which I have not had before and an Angle Shades, which I have had as an imago in May, September, October and November, but not previously in April.

Brindled Ochre

A week previously the moth trap had attracted a Twin-spotted Quaker, another first for me.

Twin-spotted Quaker

In the garden I have had the large hoverfly Eristalis pertinax, sometimes called Tapered Drone Fly and not far away Bombylius major, the Dark-edged Bee-fly, has made an early appearance nectaring on primroses and occasionally, Lesser Celandine.

Dark-edged Bee-fly

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