Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Moth fever continues...

Sorry if you don't really like moths. This might be getting a bit boring for you.

But surely you can appreciate the unique... beauty of the male Drinker moth?

The Drinker
The Drinker. The ALF of the moth world.

It was clear last night and so a bit colder than it has been. I had to put on a fleece when I went outside to attend to the trap (at about 5am). We had our lowest number of Privet Hawkmoths yet - 'only' two!

Privet Hawkmoth
Privet Hawkmoth

Eyed Hawkmoth
Eyed Hawkmoth

Elephant Hawkmoth
Elephant Hawkmoth numbers were up, to 9

Barn Owl feather
To show it's not all moths for me these days, I found this Barn Owl feather on the lawn. Its owner must have dropped it there overnight

Top of the Moth Pops:


  • Dark Arches, 42
  • Common Footman, 31
  • The Rustic, 16
  • Common Wainscot, 15
  • Uncertain, 13
  • Elephant Hawkmoth, 9
  • Light Arches, 4
  • Willow Beauty, 4
  • Heart & Dart, 3
  • Riband Wave, 3
  • The Flame, 3
  • Barred Straw, 2
  • Burnished Brass, 2 (of which 1 was eaten by a spider)
  • Clouded Silver, 2
  • Privet Hawkmoth, 'only' 2!
  • Snout, 2
  • The Drinker, 2
  • Yellow-tail, 2
And one each of:
  • Barred Yellow
  • Bright-line Brown-eye
  • Clay
  • Common Rustic
  • Coxcomb Prominent
  • Double Square-spot
  • Eyed Hawkmoth
  • Marbled Minor
  • Peppered Moth
  • Setaceous Hebrew Character
  • Spectacle, 1
photos taken with Canon Powershot A640