Wednesday, 5 June 2013

The Disturbing Stats of May

Firstly apologies to H.E.Bates for ripping-off the title of his book, but if only we had had the Darling Buds of May then perhaps we would not have such a sorry tale to tell of the garden moths in May 2013.

In common with almost everyone out there I too have suffered a dearth of moths in the garden and have looked back over the last five years to see just how bad things have been.  The stats below show the species and individual totals for the month of May in my back garden, but note that this includes all stages (adults, larvae, cases etc):

2009 - 98 spp, 650 individuals
2010 - 74 spp, 810 individuals
2011 - 137 spp, 1940 individuals
2012 - 89 spp, 685 individuals
2013 - 58 spp, 253 individuals

To lift the mood. A few images to catch up on some of those that did show in May...

Pale Tussock (Calliteara pudibunda)

Eyed Hawk-moth (Smerinthus ocellata)

Lime-speck Pug (Eupithecia centaureata)

Small Waved Umber (Horisme vitalbata)

Mullein (Shargacucullia verbasci)

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