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26 September 2012 – In Search of Nectar

A day-flying moth in search of nectar is caught on camera by Elinor.  Can you see the Y shape on the forewing?  That means it’s either the Silver Y (Autographa gamma) or the Scarce Silver Y (Syngrapha interrogationis) but most probably the former as that species flies well into Autumn. There were two or three busily feeding on the valerian bush by the front gate.   The nights are too wild or too cold to anticipate any catches in the trap.  No moths – no apples.  This time last year the lawn was covered in windfalls.  This year – none.