The open garden evening attracted around fifty people and the weather was glorious. The moth trap was opened and contained a good cross-section of species. We got a little perplexed over a white moth that seemed as if it should be a 'wave' - but all the pale-coloured wave-like moths have spots on their forewings. Our moth (see photo below) didn't and it looked as if the only wave that it could be was a Satin Wave - which is never seen in Yorkshire. Could this be an important sighting in the region? No. It turned out to be a Light Emerald (Campaea margaritaria) - yet another example of the fugitive green colour that vanishes so quickly from the wings of moths.
|Light Emerald (Campaea margaritaria)|
The bonus is that the caterpillar eats cleavers (Galium aparine). This may cause gardeners to jump for joy as cleavers (aka known as goose-grass, stick-a-back, scratch tongue and no doubt other regional names), can overtake a garden in the blink of any eye. Its sweet, innocent self can be seen below.
The Common Carpet is a very common moth, as its name suggests, but it must have been missed or never seen before at Shandy Hall. The broad alternating bands on the fore-wings are referred to in the scientific name (alternata); 'epirrhoe' is from the Greek for a flood suggested by the rivulet shapes also present.
|Common Carpet (Epirrhoe alternata alternata)|
|Goose-grass (Galium aparine)|
Other moth species on this evening : Pale Tussock, Poplar Hawk-moth, Brimstone, Spectacle, Pale Prominent, Lesser Swallow Prominent, White Ermine, Buff Ermine, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Sandy Carpet, Small Square-spot, Green Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, Pugs (waiting to check with experts), Pale-shouldered Brocade.