Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Moth trap splendour

For the uninitiated; we place a mercury vapour lamp outside the house on a white sheet over night. Moths fly in, attracted by the light and hide under egg crates which we place around the lamp. We can then identify and carefully release the moths in the morning. Last night we recorded 53 species.
From top to bottom, going left to right: burnished brass; golden Y; grey dagger;
Lemke's gold spot and goldspot; garden tiger; lesser swallow prominent;
white ermine and the miller. 

The spectacular poplar hawk moth.

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