Thursday, 7 April 2016
Garden Moths and Nesting News
Friday, 1st April
Min Temp 7.2 degrees Centigrade
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
Common Quakers (Orthosia cerasi) x 5
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) x 2
Twin-spotted Quaker (Anorthoa munda) x 1 (New for Year)
Oak Beauty (Biston strataria) x 1
If you were visiting my Ragged Robins Nature Notes blog 2 years ago you'll remember that I was given some Emperor Moth eggs and raised the caterpillars to pupae stage. A few males emerged from the cocoons last Spring but, as they can take several years to emerge,in the Summer I put the cage back in the coal house where its cooler to bring back indoors this Spring. Yesterday I noticed from Martin's Moth blog see here that his Emperor Moths had started emerging already. None of mine have appeared so far but I have now brought them indoors and placed the cocoons in a larger cage. I really do hope some females appear this year so I can try "assembling" to see if they attract some males. Alternatively, if I get just one female and male I will let them mate and raise some more caterpillars! Fingers crossed there will be some news soon!
We had a visit from a Jay yesterday - a new garden species for the year.
Blue Tits appear to be lining the nest so will check the camera later to see if the female is roosting overnight as this is often a sign she will soon be laying eggs. Wren nesting activity continues, House Sparrows are collecting nesting material, the Robins appear to be feeding young and Blackbirds have built a nest in one of the shrubs.