Spring has sprung

English Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) shoots in a local woodland.

As Winter slowly slips into slumber, it seems that Spring is rushing into action.  Within just a few days, the once-bare winter trees are bursting with buds, shoots, new leaves and blossom.  Blink, and you may miss it.

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An Unexpected Visitor

Last summer I attended a Wildlife Trusts’ course on moth identification and trapping.  I found the course fascinating and was amazed to find out there are over 2,500 individual moth species in the UK alone!  They range from the impressive Death’s-head Hawkmoth, Acherontia atropos, with a typical wingspan of up to 13cm, making it the largest here in the UK. Through to the smallest, Enteucha acetosae, with a tiny wingspan of just 3mm, one of the worlds smallest moth species.  Some species of moth are just as beautiful as a butterfly, like this Elephant Hawkmoth, Deilephila elpenor, which is a bright pink and green, looking almost exotic.

Elephant Hawkmoth, Deilephila elpenor.

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