Following on from yesterday’s blog about the Beautiful Golden Y, today the trap contained a closely related species – the Burnished Brass, so called because of its shiny ‘metallic’ scales.
It is a common species throughout the UK and its caterpillars feed predominantly on nettles.
Burnish means to polish metal
I caught a Beautiful Golden Y in my trap the other day
A very attractively marked moth
It is a resident and common moth – its caterpillars feed on a variety of herbaceous plants including nettles, ragwort and honeysuckle.
As this picture shows it is closely related to the Silver Y which is an immigrant moth which in some summers can arrive in Britain from the Continent in huge numbers
I was up in Cambridgeshire for a few days last week and one evening I went in to Ely to see the magnificent Norman Cathedral
Amazing to think that this was built nearly 1000 years ago
The sun lighting the stonework
When you are in the Cambridgeshire Fens you can often see Ely Cathedral – sitting high on the hill that Ely is built upon – local the Cathedral is known as the ‘Ship of the Fens’.
There were a lot of moths in my trap last night including
This is a Small Blood-vein – not normally on the wing until July
A Figure of Eighty (the white markings = 80)
And a Rosy Footman
The first two species are new to my garden list
29 degrees in the garden this afternoon and surprisingly not many insects on the wing
The commonest species by far is the honey bee
First longhorn beetle of the year for me
The Black and Yellow Longhorn Beetle (Rutpela maculata)
A common species which can be quite active and flighty during warm weather
In May I posted about a Western Bee fly in my garden – see here. The sunshine is back again and the bee fly has emerged again.
Delicate little beast