The types of moth I'm getting in the box have altered subtly over the past week with new varieties appearing that I haven't had before, which is rather exciting.
I've now had a total of 82 different moth varieties since I started in mid June, some very beautiful and all of them interesting (well, to me anyway!). My IDing skills are getting better: it no longer takes me hours to find each individual moth and I feel quite chuffed when I know what the moth is without needing to look it up :-)
My Moth Radar is working well- I've been seeing moths out in the garden during the day, some flying other resting on gates and trees. Once you get your eye in it's amazing what you notice.
Anyway, here are a selection that I have found most interesting over the last week or two... As usual, if anyone spots any errors please let me know.
|White Plume Moth|
|Chestnut Coloured Carpet|
|Shoulder Striped Wainscot|
|Green Oak Tortrix|
|Blood Vein Head-On View|
|Great Oak Beauty|
|Large Twin Spot Carpet|
The final two moths are the most extraordinary looking creatures. I got quite a shock when I first saw the "eyes" on the back of The Flame (the second moth). They really do look just like a pair of startling blue eyes staring at you! Many if not all of these moths will be flying around your garden at night too. Amazing thought isn't it?
|Beautiful Golden Y|
I'm thinking about upgrading the moth box to a Robinson. I've been losing a fair few moths recently because while The Skinner trap has been great to start me off, it does not retain the moths very well so if you aren't up by 4.30 at this time of the year the moths fly around the box and escape through the gap between the perspex sheets. This is incredibly frustrating, particularly when (as happened this morning) you arrive just in time to see at least three new moth species disappearing out into the garden before you've had a chance to even photograph them! Arghhh!!!!