Common Quaker and Small Quaker

The Common Quaker is the commonest moth in my trap at this time of year.

The adults are on the wing from March through to May and the caterpillars feed on a wide variety of broad-leaved tree leaves.

By contrast this is the Small Quaker – on the wing from late February to May – the larvae feed mainly on oak

Side by side – good size comparison – Small Quaker on the right!

A very tired and cold bumblebee

There was a very cold and tired buff-tailed bumblebee in the moth trap this morning.

buff-tailed-bumblebeeI brought her in doors and feed her a bit of sugary water whilst she warned up a bit and then I let her go

There was also a rather smart Hebrew Character which don’t normally emerge until March

Along with a number of Common Quaker moths