Saturday, July 10, 2010

Footmen lead the way

I'm really getting into this moth trapping thing, as you might have noticed.

I got up early again this morning to check the trap. It was stuffed full of moths of all sizes, lots of midges and craneflies, a few honeybees, some ladybirds and a couple of beetles. In fact, there were so many moths I didn't really know where to start.

The trap is full!

By the end I'd 'identified' (I use the term loosely in connection with moths) about 295 moths of about 60 species! It's the biggest catch yet.

The pretty pictures:

Lime Hawkmoth
Lime Hawkmoth

Peach Blossom
Peach Blossom

Hawkmoths
A smorgasbord of hawkmoths

Buff Arches
Buff Arches

Coxcomb Prominent
Coxcomb Prominent

Large Emerald
Large Emerald

See. They're not all brown.

The nerdy stats:


  • Common Footman, 41
  • Common Wainscot, 41
  • Dark Arches, 35
  • Uncertain, 26
  • The Flame, 9
  • The Rustic, 9
  • Buff Arches, 8
  • Barred Straw, 6
  • Brown-line Bright-eye, 6
  • Brown-tail, 6
  • Double Square-spot, 6
  • Riband Wave, 6
  • Clouded Silver, 5
  • Light Arches, 5
  • Privet Hawkmoth, 5
  • Poplar Grey, 5
  • The Clay, 5
  • Buff-tip, 4
  • minor sp., 4
  • Swallow-tailed Moth, 4
  • Beautiful Hook-tip, 3
  • Common Rustic, 3
  • Flame Shoulder, 3
  • Heart & Dart, 3
  • Large Yellow Underwing, 3
  • Mother of Pearl, 3
  • Willow Beauty, 3
  • dagger sp., 3
  • Clouded Border, 2
  • Elephant Hawkmoth, 2
  • Figure of Eighty, 2
  • Ghost Moth, 2 (1 male, 1 female)
  • Setaceous Hebrew Character, 2
  • The Drinker, 2
  • The Dun-bar, 2
And one each of:
  • Beautiful Carpet
  • Bloodvein
  • Brimstone
  • Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
  • Buff Footman
  • Coxcomb Prominent
  • Dark Spectacle
  • Dusky Sallow
  • Iron Prominent
  • Large Emerald
  • Lesser Yellow Underwing
  • Lime Hawkmoth
  • Peach Blossom
  • Pebble Prominent
  • Peppered Moth
  • Poplar Hawkmoth
  • Pyrausta sp.
  • Rosy Minor
  • Ruby Tiger
  • Scorched Wing
  • Silver Y
  • The Cinnabar
  • White Satin Moth
If you fancy a go at the ones I couldn't ID (they're probably not that hard), you'll find them here on Flickr.

photos taken with Canon Powershot A640 or Apple iPhone 3GS after the Powershot's batteries died