A Night that didn't really live up to expectations, despite the excellent forcast. 26 moths of 20 species. new for the year were Tawny Marbled Minor, Flame Shoulder, Diamond Backed Moth, Scalloped Hazel, Green Carpet, Treble Bar and Mullein, Mullein was also new for the garden - long awaited as I have often found their handsome cateerpillars. The relatively good number of moth species was probably due to the fact I made a conscious effort to photograph some of the micros of which there were 6 species, all apart from 2 (light brown apple moth and Diamond Backed Moth) remain unidentified. However, with the imminent arrival of Richard Lewington's Micro Book, they shouldn't remain a problem for long. Away from the moths, another visit to thurlbear this time shorter (around 45 minutes) yielded excellent numbers of grizzled skipper (around 20) - I think their emergence had been put off by the rain, and more of the same as well as my first Small Heath of the year. Shapwick Heath on the levels was also good today for butterflies, with Orange Tip (c.15), Brimstone (c.10), Small Tortoiseshell (1), Small White (2) and suprisingly, 1 Six - Spot Burnet.
2221 - Mullein - extraordinarily well camoflauged.