Bits ‘n pieces & some early moths

A few bits ‘n pieces, updates on recent issues and a sprinkling of natural observations:

Malta Massacre on Migration: I’ve written to all six of the Yorkshire and Humber MEPs, have you?  Next on the list is a variation edition to the Maltese High Commission and the Maltese Tourism Authority.  Sadly readers of Mark Avery’s blog do not report a good nor honest position if the conservationists (Chris Packham, Bird Life Malta et. al.) are to be believed by the responses received from these authorities and agencies.

Chris Rose is appealing to the BBC to re-instate the annual broadcast of nightingale, if you’ve not already signed the petition on 38 degrees then if you’re a fan of nightingales then you can find it here.  Sadly it seems that the BBC OB has been disbanded, but there’s online potential.  Not too sure that the older generation, those who recall the iconic species in their youth in every scrubby copse would agree, but a new generation might be encouraged to search them out in the flesh?

We’ve noticed that B&Q are plugging (no pun intended) their coir tea-bag environmentally friendly green packaging bedding plants on the television at the moment, yet …. we have learnt that there are some local stores whose staff are unaware of the initiative.  Sadly, it seems that by far the vast majority of bedding plants are still in peat and still in polystyrene …. unless you know differently?

I had been hoping to get out again with fellow ‘moffin’ enthusiasts for a session but the weather has put paid to that for this weekend if the weather forecasters have got it right.  So, a few recent finds to whet appetites for goodies ahead this coming season ….

 

2063 Muslin Moth Diaphora mendica or 72.022 (per Agassiz et.al.)

2063 Muslin Moth Diaphora mendica or 72.022 (per Agassiz et.al.)

The Muslin Moth is a species which shows sexual dimorphism , the example above (local Humberhead Levels garden) shows the dark form.

2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta  aka 73.325 (per Agassiz et.al.)

2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta or 73.325 (per Agassiz et.al.)

The Shuttle-shaped Dart is another sexually dimorphic species, the males having brownish variegated forewings and white hindwings, the females fairly plain dark brown forewings and buffish hindwings.  The above specimen is from a local Humberhead Levels garden.

2015 Lunar Marbled Brown Drymonia ruficornis or 71.011 (per Agassiz et.al.)

2015 Lunar Marbled Brown Drymonia ruficornis or 71.011 (per Agassiz et.al.)

 This stunning image of a Lunar Marbled Brown illustrates well the ‘comma’ or ‘crescent’ in the species forewing pale band.  LMB is generally earlier in the season than Marbled Brown.

Thanks to Ted Sabin and Phil Lee for sharing their images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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