On Sunday I was leading a summer butterfly walk and wanted to keep a good selection of moths to show, hence my main aim on Saturday night/Sunday morning was to pot and fridge colourful examples. This I did with:
common emerald, clouded border, yellow barred, common white wave, poplar hawkmoth, Eudonia mercurella, dot moth, buff ermine, green pug, small yellow wave, beautiful hooktip, lilac beauty, brimstone and buff tip.
When introducing folk to moths for the first time, I always try to show that they are not all dull brown insects, that in fact they are, at least, as colourful as butterflies. Consequently, I stayed at the trap until 2a.m on the Sunday morning and then returned at 5a.m. to take what was actually in the trap before the local robin intervened and scoffed the lot.
|engrailed keen to read the field guide.|
Anyway, the new for year were:
small yellow wave
red barred tortrix
bird cherry ermine
short cloaked moth
double square spot
pale shouldered brocade
Not too bad for a couple of nights.