Twenty nine Jersey Tigers in garden near The Warren, Bexleyheath (and a Painted Lady ….)
Ralph Todd writes:
Last evening (Saturday August 15th) I decided to put my moth trap out for the first time this year given overcast conditions and relatively calm conditions and warm temperature.
You can imagine my surprise when I approached it this morning about 8.30 – 2.5 hours after sunrise to find a dozen or so Jersey Tiger moths clinging to the light box – closer inspection delivered 29 Jersey Tiger moths sitting in the surrounding grass, rocks, garden furniture – they were already beginning to fly so there could well have been far more earlier in the morning if I’d be up in time to investigate.
One Jersey Tiger moth flew to the nearby buddleia to join what I thought was another- closer inspection showed it to be a Painted Lady.
By the way, still very few moths actually in the trap, 3 shuttle shaped darts – marbled beauty and tree lichen beauty (quite unusual I understand). I am having these ID’s checked out.
Meanwhile reports of Jersey Tiger continue to come in from elsewhere. John Arnold has had one in his kitchen towards the north end of Pickford Lane, Bexleyheath. Cliff Hawkins saw one in his garden on Pinnacle Hill, also Bexleyheath. There have been more reports from Grasmere Road allotment site in Barnehurst and I have had one, possibly two in my nearby garden, one of which flew onto my shirt. Steve Carter reports one from Crossness on August 7th. But these and previous sightings have been of one or two insects at a time, not anything like the number Ralph reports.
As Ralph says, a glimpsed Jersey Tiger in flight gives the impression it could be a Painted Lady, with the darker forewing and orangey underwing, but the projected influx of this latter species just hasn’t happened hereabouts so far.