Jim and I have become interested in all the moths that seem to gather either in our porch or on the white wall of the cottage. We have tried hard to identify them but it's quite a difficult task. If anyone out there's an expert and can help - don't keep this information to yourselves!
Now I have blogged some of these before, including the one above, the buff tip moth. It looks just like a twig and is one of my favourites so far.
This is the very pretty Elephant Hawk moth.
Followed by the almost impossible to photograph Humming Bird Hawk moth!
This beauty is called The Drinker moth. Aren't the antennae amazing? It has a little snout rather like a hedgehog.
I think this smaller moth is a four spotted Footman
And this is probably another Footman - maybe the same.
I had to give this up last night as the internet was so slow - probably because of the horrendous rainstorm we had.
This fetching chap is a Burnished Brass. When its wings are open is has shiny brass like wings. It also has that amazing crest on its thorax.
OK, this one's is a little moth eaten (LOL), but you get the idea.
An amazing green moth - aptly called the Large Emerald.
Another aptly named moth - the Large Yellow Underwing.
What a beauty. It goes by the name of a Scalloped Oak.
Today, the incredible moth below was on our window - you have to admire this one even if you don't like moths much:
This is a Poplar Hawk-moth. My mother was terrified of moths and butterflies if in an enclosed area particularly. She'd have hated this blog post!
A Tiger Moth rests on the floor. This was a rather faded specimen. Here is another one with folded wings:
This is an Ermine moth, but we're not sure whether it's a Buff or a White one! Look at those wonderful antennae.
As yet nameless! He has a lovely furry velvety head.
You must be mothed out by now. The others we have photos of are all a little blurred.
What a wonderful haul of food from our allotment. The raspberries seem to have gone on forever and we have frozen some. Today Jim has brought in some broad beans too.
I am now the proud owner of a Canon PowerShot SX210 1S. Some of the moth photos were taken with it and all the following. It's really light, fits in my pocket and will be much easier for travelling, plus is has a 14 times zoom and all the other features I need. Hoorah!
Jim took Buster for a walk yesterday and took a few photos.
What a great pom pom of a wild flower.
The macro seems to work quite well.
Buster, minus front feet, on the fishing stand.
Trotting along, nose to the ground as usual, with Flagmount in the background.
Lovely rusty old tools we've found in the garden.
Sandy found a new home! 'Fragile' it says.
He is so cute!
I've spent the last few days (between showers) re-making the road the other side of our gates. Having removed all the grass and weeds, it seems twice the width now. I had to fill in with stones and clay and top the road off with gravel. It looks very smart now. I finally finished it this afternoon.
I hope everyone is managing to enjoy some sunshine and had a good weekend. It's a long post today but I haven't been blogging for a while!