The eggboxes contained, in order of my pictures today, a Green Carpet, a Red Twin-spot Carpet (with its twin-spots nicely obvious) and a Garden Carpet. Plus a fourth comrade whose ID I cannot master because it was resting with its wings held over its body in butterfly fashion, a habit sometimes followed by these little moths.
The other main object of interest in the trap was my first China Mark of the year, a tiny little creature which resembles a bird dropping and thus escapes the attention of predatory birds. As it happened, there was a China Mark-sized bird dropping on a nearby leaf and I took a bird's eye photo to emphasise the point. Update: brainstorm time. I meant Chinese Character moth; the China Marks are a quartet of micros.
The name China Mark has similar origins to the Carpets' but this time it was the resemblance of the little moth's delicate patterning to Oriental porcelain, another craze of the 18th century as more and more trading ships followed in the footsteps of Dick Whittington and his cat. Here it is again, below, with the rather similarly marked micro, I think Cochylis atricapitana.
Finally, some of the other inhabitants of the eggboxes. Things are warming up in terms of number and variety as well as degrres Fahrenheit and Centigrade.
|An unusual view of a Muslin moth's tummy through my sadly murky trap shield|
|Cochylis atricapitana (I think) closer up|
|One of the Plume micros, ID to come|
|I think another Cochylis a, but am putting here to double-check later|
|And finally - and very late - my first 2014 maybug|