I was hoping to see a moth or two, and that was what I got - two moths.
|Straw Dot at Kentle Wood, Daventry|
24 June, 2015
The first is a Straw Dot, Rivula sericealis, a common moth whose larvae feed on grasses. It is bivoltine, i.e having two broods a year, particularly in the south of Britain so this could be from the second brood.
|Agapeta hamana. Kentle Wood, Daventry, Northants|
24 June, 2014
The second species obligingly settled on my net but in the fading light a good picture was a challenge. This is Agapeta hamana, another common moth, known as the Hook-marked Straw Moth. Its larvae feed on thistles. There are plenty in Kentle Wood so this'l be no problem (Ho-ho).
I could probably have found other moth species but my attention was diverted in an unexpected manner. I wandered off the main track to have a closer look at some ash trees and found...
|Common Spotted Orchid at Kentle Wood.|
Daventry, 24 June, 2015
...about two dozen spikes of Common Spotted Orchid, Dactylorhiza fuchsii. Yes, they are common, given the right conditions, but it was nevertheless a delight to see them in profusion.
|Common but beautiful - a close-up|
The flowers are distinctive, allowing for easy identification.
But if there is any lingering doubt the leaves are also helpful (although not a clincher as other, related orchids, have spotted leaves).
|Dactylorhiza fuchsii in its white form.|
Kentle Wood, Daventry 24 June, 2015
And the icing on the cake was a pure white specimen. The white variety is by no means rare, but is relatively uncommon.
|Pyramidal Orchid, Browns Road,|
Daventry. 24 June, 2015
I'd had an interesting time, but the evening had not done with me. I had left Kentle Wood and had almost reached Browns Road when a bright pink flower caught my eye. It was a Pyramidal Orchid, Anacamptis pyramidalis. It tends to favour chalk and limestone soils but here it was growing beside a rough track among brambles; what the soil is like I've no idea.
So clearly, orchid species are like buses, you wait for ages and... You know the rest.
A very memorable evening! Total invertebrates now 203, including 29 spiders, 20 true bugs, 53 beetles and 66 two-winged flies