Archive for October, 2022

I saw this moth on my kitchen window and it stayed there all day, just moving an inch or two down the pane…

I went outside and took this picture of its top side, which i hadn’t expected to be grey-brown

It turns out there was no need for excitement – this is simply the “dark” version of Cydalima perspectalis, the box-tree moth, which I had previously spotted in its paler form here.

This is an invasive species and I have seen far too many examples of this moth lately. At least I no longer have any box trees myself and this particular specimen looks rather worn and missing a few legs. Apparently they are around from late July until mid September, so as this is late October it is probably on the way out…

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The characteristic leaves of the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park


Autumn has reached South Wales but not all the trees change colour at once. I fear I will have to visit the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park again before next month or I might miss its full orange glory.

This week, with the weather still changeable, I went to see it on a pleasant blue-sky morning – and there was already a need to wear a warm jacket.

Here are the photos from my visit… (more…)

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Various fall colours of the Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) in my garden – which I followed in 2020


Welcome to the October tree-following get-together. I look forward to seeing everyone’s news and pictures once again. And newcomers are also always gratefully received.

As the daylight hours grow shorter the trees are starting to show their autumn colours and they are not doing too badly bearing in mind that we were expecting to be disappointed after such a dry summer followed by rains.

Weather permitting I hope I can make my monthly visit to the tall tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park this week.

I wonder what all you regular tree followers are up to? I’m sure you will have something new to report. Point to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box below. And please don’t forget to leave a comment.

The link box is now open for contributions and will stay open until 7pm GMT on October 14.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here, although, as I haver been saying for months, I must update that page when I have the chance!

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I don’t get out much these days but noticed this mackerel sky over the New Theatre in the centre of Cardiff recently

The weather has been very changeable for several weeks, so there has been no shortage of this kind of sky in the area of Canton where I live…

…and another one – sorry they are just phone snapshots, nothing particularly composed about them

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