|Feathered Ranunculus (Polimixis lichenae)|
The morning brought good fortune and the sight of a Merveille du Jour in the grass a few yards from the light made the journey from the north worthwhile. Some moths never quite make it to the light-trap and the M du Jour is one of those that can often be found on the sheet or just close by.
The next moth to be seen was very prettily painted. The Feathered Ranunculus (Polimixis lichenae) was quite active as it was being photographed, making little darting runs rather like the Mouse Moth. The scientific name refers to the mixture of colouring on the wings (mixis) and polus meaning 'much'; another interpretation could be that the moth is promiscuous (polumix) but this seems unlikely. This moth has not been seen at Shandy Hall but it can occasionally be seen in North Yorkshire.
|Black Rustic (Aporophyla nigra)|
The Black Rustic has a powerful presence with its inky colouring and little white squints of kidney marks with just a hint of orange mixed in. The moth feeds on heathers and clovers and can be found over most of the country - but only during September and October.
|Red Underwing (Catocala nupta)|
|Merveille du Jour (Griposia aprilina)|
Here is that special moth, the Merveille du Jour. Even photographed with an egg-box as a background it transcends its location and almost pulses with colour.
Another trap was set on the same night - in Wormingford. As soon as a couple of moths have been passed before the eyes of the experts a full list will be posted on the next blog.