Showing posts with label moth. Show all posts
Showing posts with label moth. Show all posts

Monday, 2 November 2015

Interesting behaviour of Feathered Thorns

This November there seemed to be a mass hatching of hundreds of Feathered Thorn moths about but this wasn't the most interesting thing I discovered.
Upon releasing a Feathered Thorn I had caught the night before, I noticed that the moth flew straight up into the air and then flew into a large mature beech tree and then suddenly fell in a tumbling motion that mimicked a falling autumn leaf all the way to the ground amongst the already fallen leaves. I only wish I had filmed it now!
I don't know if anyone else has noticed this before but it must be some kind of predator avoidance behaviour! It's amazing what you learn about nature when you look closely.

Feathered Thorn on my finger!

Monday, 9 July 2012

Moth Trap

A few moths from a moth trap in the garden.
Female Ghost Moth

Peach Blossom Moth

Poplar Hawk-moth

Sallow Kitten Moth

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Ayrshire Coast Path From Glenapp

Excellent sunny day for a walk on the Ayrshire Coast Path, travelling North from Glenapp, which is just over the border from Dumfries and Galloway. Met some nice surprises along the way:

A type of hoverfly or drone fly (Eristalis pertinax?)
green tiger beetle
Green Tiger Beetle
common heath moth
Common Heath Moth
Tachina ursina
Tachinid Fly (Tachina ursina)
mountain hare
Mountain Hare
knockdolian hill near colmonell, south ayrshire
View of Knockdolian Hill
ailsa craig
View of Ailsa Craig
grey wagtail
Grey Wagtail