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Conkering spiders

on Sep 21, 2018

I’m not entirely sure why anyone would want to exclude spiders from their home, my preference would be to have a flyeater in each corner of the room to eat the flies. Flies spread disease. Spiders modulate diptera activity. Anyway, every autumn...

Moth behaviour

on Sep 20, 2018

There is quite a diversity of behaviour among the moths you see in your trap. The various Yellow Underwings almost all flap wildly around inside until the settle down, but if you disturb them they will flap again, flashing their yellow hindwings. Oth...

Regular visitors to the Sciencebase site and associated social media have probably spotted the leps (Lepidoptera, the butterflies and moths), that have somewhat usurped the previous 18 months of bird photography, although that is still ongoing. If yo...

Well, after the heady days of late July and August with dozens of different moths coming to the actinic light trap that I borrowed, numbers of species have diminished. The chilly and occasionally damp evenings here in VC29 mean there is less nocturna...

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness – a wonderful line from John Keats’ Ode to Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines tha...

The Sallow (Cirrhia icteritia) is a Noctuid moth (Xyleninae). I’ve seen a couple of them in the actinic trap over the last few days. It’s a common species in the UK although if you spot one you might be confused by the appearance of anoth...

Burying beetles

on Sep 8, 2018

A Burying Beetle turned up in the moth trap during the summer. At first, I could hear it’s beating wings, could see it black and yellow warning colours and assumed it was some kind of hornet until it landed and I got a proper look at it with it...