#30DaysWild – Day 12

First thing in the morning meant the usual task for this time of year (i.e. spring to autumn) – looking in the moth trap! We had many of the normal species, including a face-full of Diamond-backed moths (Plutella xylostella). They are literally everywhere right now. There must be thousands of them in the UK currently! There was also a Pebble Hook-tip moth (Drepana falcataria) which was very camera-shy and flew away quickly. I managed to take photos of quite a few micro-moths as well, though I haven’t identified them yet. That will have to come later. It was also a nice surprise to catch a female Ghost moth (Hepialus humuli) in the trap, I think I’ve seen / caught Ghost moths before, but quite a while ago and it was a nice surprise then as well.

I also noticed this woodlouse in the garden – it is very light brown in colour, compared to the usual grey-brown. I’ve never tried to identify a woodlouse of species level before, but I may just give this one a go.

This evening I was curating the 30 Days Wild social media accounts – both the @30DaysWild Twitter account and the 30 Days Wild Facebook group. The session was four hours long, so it was pretty tiring. Especially as I had been working at Wimpole during the day. However it is great fun, and I love seeing people connecting with nature!

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