Insects, Bugs, beasties

Hi everyone - had a chaotic summer and not been able to check in to the forum for a long time.

Garden has looked passable all summer but have had huge losses probably due to having dug in manure all over in early Spring.  Was from a specialist garden firm who provide great home-made products - but I'm thinking the only difference this year is I dug in this horse and other manure and things have gone a bit awry.    The compost I used for pots this year was from a DIY store and hasn't been very good at all.

However - main event in the garden this year has been a massive - and I mean massive - influx of new bugs, beasties, insects, aphids.  No plant has been pristine even for a week.  It's been interesting from a macro photography viewpoint but it's been one ugly garden when you look closely at plants.

There have been a huge number of beasties I've never seen in this garden before and on looking up a little picture book - I seem to have beasties here in the north (Edinburgh) which the book says are not generally found here.  Maybe global warming?

This thing I've photographed is new to this garden, but may be a very very common thing elsewhere.  It's appeared this week and clings for hours on the Schizostylis.  I'm not a good enough photographer to get a really sharp picture - it's a very very thin beastie and I couldn't get an all-round focus - especially in the breeze.

Can anyone tell me what it is?  The wing span outstretched is about 2 cm.  image

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  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 727

    I'd like to ask more about garden bugs, insects especially if anyone out there studies them and could do some identifying for me or tell me what they're doing when I've tried to photograph them.  Am wondering if there is a dedicated thread elsewhere or if I should continue to use this one?  Thank you everyone.

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 1,258

    Pterophoridae or plume moth. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pterophoridae

    I think a specimen of that moth was posted here recently but can't find it right now. Not to worry, anyway.

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 1,258
    yarrow2 says:

    I'd like to ask more about garden bugs, insects especially if anyone out there studies them and could do some identifying for me or tell me what they're doing when I've tried to photograph them.  Am wondering if there is a dedicated thread elsewhere or if I should continue to use this one?  Thank you everyone.

    See original post

     I suggest trying a dedicated "insects" website / forum. I subscribe to an excellent one, but it's in French http://www.insecte.org/ I'm sure there is an equivalent site in English.

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • It is one of the Plume Moths, I cannot identify the species.

  • ShepsSheps Posts: 787

    Hi yarrow2...like Papi Jo and Alan says, it's a Plume Moth

    species : Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

    Here's one I had in my garden the other week

    image

    Sheps...image

    Last edited: 15 September 2016 16:23:09

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 47,773

    I love Plume Moths - so elegant image

    "...tea and toasted buttered currant buns, can't compensate for lack of sun because the summer's all gone..."   Autumn Almanac - Ray Davies
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 21,228

    yarrow - I looked them up after Sheps posted his pic, as I was curious about whether they were found up here. It seems they are quite widespread, so maybe you've just had the right conditions this year. Fantastic looking creatures aren't they?

    I've never seen one over here on the west side, but maybe I've simply not noticed. image

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  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 727

    Dear Everyone - sorry it's taken me so long to get back here to respond.  Thanks so much for the identification.  Sheps - your photo is terrific!  I'm struggling with a newish (this year) DSLR and even with a macro lens I really can't get nice 'flat' photos of tiny things like I used to on my little bridge camera.  So great to see your photo. 

    The are fascinating moths.  The detail of their 'plumage' is amazing - the hairs on the underside of the wings.  I've spent much of the summer trying to get photographs of tiny garden beasties and have been amazed at the colours and detail and even the tiny things only just a few mm in size which I would never have noticed had I not become obsessed with photography.  So many things which I had often not bothered to look at which I had thought were just tiny bits of plant debris on a leaf which turned out to be a bug or insect of some kind.  It's a whole new world when you look closely.

    This little thing - a hopper? maybe - was only about 3mm.  I'm not good enough to get great focus on these things yet so it's not the best example.  But my new hobby is seeking out tiny things and I really enjoy it.  Some things look so menacing though, with scary looking body parts that I've stopped casually passing my hand over leaves of plants these days without looking closely first!  Had quite a few squeemish reactions to seeing some things close up.image

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