Monday, 28 June 2010
As we walk around the fields we keep seeing webs across the hawthorn in the hedges.
Yesterday I took some photographs and sent them to Stuart (Donegal Wildlife - see my blog list) and he has kindly identified them.
He says they are ' almost certainly the larval webs of the Small Eggar moth'### a moth which is struggling to survive as so many hedgerows have disappeared.
So now, on his advice I have sent the photographs on the another naturalist. If you are interested in wildlife I do recommend that you pay a visit now and then to Donegal Wildlife as Stuart has such interesting facts about a variety of natural history.
Here on the farm today has been our Poetry afternoon - at the farm. Only seven of us today but what a wealth of poetry we read. We had Rupert Brooke, Cavafy. Betjamen, Pam Ayres, Pablo Neruda, Tennyson, Chesterton. What is so good about our meetings is that we hear poetry read aloud and often poetry we would never think of reading ourselves. Incidentally I missed out Alfred Noyes - Jenny read The Highwayman and Sylvia read another of his poems about Dad falling into the pond. I had never heard the pond one before although I do remember the Highwayman from my school days. Interestingly Noyes didn't die until 1959. We had a super afternoon.
### After further research, thanks to Stuart's help, I now find it is more likely to be the larval web of the small ermine moth, as the eggar is not usually found around here.