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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 05 8:40 pm    Post subject: Moths  Reply with quote    

Just been out watering and it's great to see some large moths flying about again. This year we must get round to going outside with a white sheet and bright light...and when we've finished scaring the neighbours whitless we can use the sheet and light to attract the moths.

I've not seen the humming bird hawk moth yet this year but some of our own ones are fascinating and it's good to see them over some of the nectar plants we've planted for them.

Anyone else like moths or am I just weird.

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 05 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We're starting to take an interest in the bug world. I saw a gorgeous black and red 'butterfly' up the plot and had to go and buy a butterfly book to identify it. Turns out its a day flying moth called a cinnabar moth really pretty

and then yesterday we had two spectacular dragon flies over the pond - huge things - called broad bodied libellula

I can be found diving in to house in search of bug book to identify!

Bugs



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 05 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Julie, don't know if this will go down well with your boys, but next time you see the dragonflies or damselflies over the pond, try holding out your hand or fist, over the pond, and very still, especially during a sunny day. They will often land and sit there for several minutes, and you can get a really good look at them.

The cinnabar moth is lovely, isn't it? Two years ago we had commas on the blackberries and they were quite stunning, I think one of my favourites so far, another thing I need to study better.

What bug book do you have? We could use a clearer guide than the ones we have.

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 05 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We've got two now, Bugs and Insects from Usbourne Books - a kiddies book but not bad and the pictures are straight forward. For butterfiles I chose a Doring Kinsley Pocket Nature, Butterflies and Moths, very good clear piccies and info. I looked at the grandaddy of them all, the Collins one, proper colour plates and all, but it was very scientific and a horrible 25, I didn't think we needed to spend that much.

Me and the boys have tried sitting there to get them to land on our hand, but no luck yet.

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