Cymbalophora Pudica - France 2006
All quiet on the bird front so a few more interesting (to me at least) moths from southern Europe. Apologies to those who really couldn't care less about moths. Most were discovered around campsite lights but a few were found flying around in the day-time. Some are rare immigrants to Britain. Please let me know if I've misidentified any - moths can be much trickier than birds and I've still got quite a few photos of moths without names - perhaps I'll stick them in another post.
Tree-lichen Beauty - France 2006
Pine-tree Lappet - France 2008
Netted Pug - France 2009
Eutelia Adulatrix - France 2008 - a great little moth with peacock-blue wing spots - as usual the photo does it no justice
Pigmy Footman or eilema uniola?- France 2006 - really tiny
Convolvulus Hawkmoth - France 2006 - this was my first. I've only ever trapped one in Britain and that was in Topsham
Mocha - France 2006 - on a shower block wall
Oxicesta Geographica - France 2008
Tawny Prominent - France 2008
Spotted Sulphur - France 2006
Paysandisia Archon - France 2009 - this moth really threw me at first. After a little research I discovered that it is a South American pest species whose larvae feed on palms. It's a large, spectacular, day-flying moth unlike anything you'd find in Europe and it was apparently accidentally introduced to France in the early 2000's.
Gypsy Moth - France 2009 - day time flyer
Tamarisk Peacock - Italy 2009
Antirrhinum Brocade - France 2008
Oak or Poplar Nycteoline - either way I love the dopey expression!
Passenger - France 2006
Pale Shoulder - France 2008
Small Elephant Hawkmoth - France 2008
Sorcerer (I think) or Alchymist? - France 2009
Phylodesma Suberifolium - France 2009