Thursday, August 12, 2010

Gahhhhhhh!

Hornets have a fearsome reputation, so I was mildly perturbed when I put my hand into the moth trap, got out an egg box (which is what you provide for the moths to hide in), and found this whopper resting on the underside.

Fortunately it was very docile, perhaps being a bit cold, and seemed more interested in the cardboard than the moths - or my hand.

Hornet
Hornet
It wasn't a bad night, moth-wise, with c110 moths of about 30 species. This Sallow Kitten was one of the prettiest, and I caught Broad-bordered, Lesser Broad-bordered, Least and Lesser Yellow Underwings. No Large though!

Sallow Kitten
Sallow Kitten
The moth list...
  • Setaceous Hebrew Character, 22
  • Flame Shoulder, 9
  • Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 9
  • Mother of Pearl, 9
  • Straw Underwing, 7
  • Common Rustic/Lesser Common Rustic, 5
  • Dark Arches, 5
  • Cabbage Moth, 4
  • Common Wainscot, 3
  • Scalloped Oak, 3
  • Willow Beauty, 3
  • Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 2
  • Copper Underwing, 2
  • Dingy Footman, 2
  • Least Yellow Underwing, 2
  • Lesser Swallow Prominent, 2
  • Red/Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, 2
  • The Magpie, 2
One each of:
  • Black Arches
  • Blood-vein
  • Common Carpet
  • Dark Umber
  • Lesser Yellow Underwing
  • Lime-speck Pug
  • Pale Prominent
  • Pebble Prominent
  • Poplar Hawkmoth
  • Sallow Kitten
  • Uncertain/The Rustic
  • Yellow Shell
photos taken with Canon Powershot A640