Some of today's post is rather commonplace, as my headline suggests, so I thought I'd start off with a splash of colour. Penny's birthday brought out the moth stars as always, prime among them the fine Garden Tiger above.
|The original sleeping position - though flexed antennae show he's waking up|
|Moth and woolly|
bear from Ernst Kreidorff's
drawings for the Swiss
children's book Der
Traumgarten (The Dream Garden)
|Transferred to an eggbox and definitely on the qui-vive|
Here is my Tiger during various stages of snooziness and waking up, before it winged its way powerfull off to the shelter of some trees. You can see my small assistant in the background. She is a specialist at releasing dozy moths into the wild, with reassuring murmurs of "Don't worry, moth. Don't be frightened, moth."
|Getting ready for take-off|
|And on the runway|
Another very agreeable birthday visitor was the Marbled Green below, a moth which has spread rapidly inland after years confined mostly to coastal and chalkland parts of the UK. I can spend ages enjoying its lovely wing patterns. I wonder if William Morris and his school ever came across one of these.
Now it's back log, time - first with a picture of a spider and her egg ball, a stage in the creature's life which in some species follows a charming courtship ritual which culminates in the male offering his inamorata a beautifully-wrapped fly. We are recovering physically from a weekend of childcare. Thank goodness we are not spiders.
The rest of the post explains my headline; below are nice but unexceptional moths which I am in the process of ID-ing, very leisurely. Any assistance appreciated, as always.
|Mmmm 1 Update: Nutmeg, I think. Later Update: Or is it, and the one below, a Flounced Rustic? I am checking with Upper Thames Moths Final Update thanks to Upper Thames Moths blog experts: It's a Large Nutmeg; I was almost right first time|
|Marbled Minor on the right but left is Mmmm 3. Update: I think that it's another Marbled Minor|
|Shears and Marbled Minor|
|Mmmm 5 Update: another Nutmeg, I think. Later update: Or Flounced Rustic? Final Update: another Large Rustic|
|Just need a spell with the Moth Bible for this one. Update: and I think that it's a Small Square-spot|
|This one's unfamiliarity interests me a lot and I shall browse with care. Update: Upper Thames Moths experts say Rustic Shoulder-knot (like the Large Nutmeg above, this pic dates back to late June, so big is my backlog|
|These next three are Marbled Minors of some sort which I will soon nail|
|Worn Setaceous Hebrew Character|