16 May 2014
15 May 2014 – Three Rivulets Side by Side
|Small Rivulet (Perizoma alchemillata)|
The warmer weather and the prospect of moth activity was promising. I awoke at 4.15am and hearing the dawn chorus, decided to switch off the mercury vapour light and see what was in the trap. The spotted fly-catcher, the robin and the wren are all wise to the fact that a moth-light means food and I wanted to disrupt their expectations. No new species but a couple of Sandy Carpets, a Green Carpet, a Scorched Wing, Chinese Character, Double-striped Pugs and finally a Small Rivulet (Perizoma alchemillata) which has been recorded but not photographed until now. The image doesn’t do the moth justice as it is a dainty insect with lovely markings. The Latin name means : the girdle (peri); round the body (zoma) that these markings make to resemble a belt when the wings are folded; alchemillata refers to the lady’s-mantle plant – which is not the food plant so that is rather strange.
Tomorrow the trap will be in the Yorkshire Museum gardens – an experiment underway.
|Three Rivulets – illustration|
The illustration shows : Rivulet (13), Small Rivulet (15) and Barred Rivulet (21).
Walt Whitman writes :
Two rivulets side by side,
Two blended, parallel, strolling tides,
Companions, travelers, gossiping as they journey.
No real connection but read the rest of the poem – nothing like a good digression.