On Tuesday my moth trap was ready to go at long last so we decided to set it up and pot some of the moths we caught in the morning. I got some very good results because it was quite a warm night. In the picture below, the first moth I identified was called Bird's Wing - how appropriate is that!
Out of all the moths we caught (at least 50 species) this wonderful Garden Tiger had to be my favorite. It was the third moth we processed, and I have to say it was pretty well behaved as in it didn't fly away or flap about. Sadly this type of moth has declined by 92% since the 1960s so it is becoming scarce - however there has to be an answer to why this is happening so I would like to hear what you bloggers think.
We also caught some very big Buff Tip moths, they look just like a silver birch twig.
I was the one writing down the species and identifying them.
However I couldn't quite identify this one, so I would really like your suggestions on this moth really badly!!!
I really did enjoy identifying the moths; my mum and dad, well actually all the family had such a good night photographing and working them all out.
Here are some of the moths I caught:
Buff Ermine... I think
The amazing Elephant Hawk moth.
The biggest moth we caught was the Poplar Hawk Moth.
And well, I couldn't quite identify this one, but it looks a bit like a Gremlin!
Wilde About Birds (and moths)!
Thank you to Mike Shurmer for his moth help.