Saturday 11 May 2013

5 moths of 4 species

There were 5 moths of 4 species in the traps last night.  A slightly damaged Large Grey Pinion (Lithophane georgii) was the only new backyard moth for the year.  The latter was also the only moth in my bait trap.  Other moths were as follows:

False Pinion Moth (Litholomia napaea)
Gooseberry Stretchia (Stretchia muricina) x2
Speckled Green Fruitworm (Orthosia hibisci)

I’ve included a photograph of a Purple Sandpiper that was taken at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary in Calgary.  It was discovered by a birder, photographer, Eddy Matuod on Thursday.  I’m not sure if this is the first documented sighting of a Purple Sandpiper in Alberta but it is certainly an extreme rarity for our area.  I spent an hour photographing this very cooperative Sandpiper on Friday.

Large Grey Pinion (Lithophane georgii) (1)Large Grey Pinion (Lithophane georgii) (2)IMG_5262sig

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