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Wed 4th November 2009

Posted on November 4, 2009 at 3:20 PM

moths : I have had a heavy cold all week and the weather conditions have been terrible to venture out so things are pretty quiet on the wildlife front. I did have the trap out last Friday night for probably the last time until Easter. I don't generally bother with the winter months at all as the catches are not worth the time and effort. Two Feathered Thorns were actucally a new species for the garden, which was quite a surprise when I checked. The most spectacular sighting though was the next day when a giant bug was on the front window, which I saw was a Western Conifer Seed Bug, a recent coloniser to Britain and quite a brute! Also early yesterday morning, a tiny moth flying in the kitchen revealed itself to be a Phyllonorycter trifasciata, another new species for the house list. It mines Honeysuckle leaves, which there are plenty of nearby.

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Feathered Thorn

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Oak Rustic - a late Autumn speciality of Guernsey

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Tawny Cockroach - a regular species in the garden  

 

 Western Conifer Seed Bug

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nonsense : To go with my current sickness-induced melancholy, below is perhaps the saddest cartoon ever I've ever seen. I guess it is commenting on the over-prescription of Ritalin to schoolchildren in America over the last 15 years or so.   

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Categories: 2009 Autumn