Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Another Great Catch

First off, the two mystery moths in my last post have been identified, thanks (again) to Matt Knott. They are Small Square-spot and Brussels Lace - what a lovely name!

Last night's total comes to 74 moths plus micros. I had several 'new for the garden' species, shown here in no particular order...

Purple Thorn

Fern - I had two of these

Here's the other one


Swallow Prominet - this was a STUNNING beast!

Sycamore - I caught two of these, at first wrote them off as Grey Daggers!

Common Wave

Small Fanfoot

Double-stripped Pug, and look how small it is....


And that's that! The rest of the haul was made up of: 8 Dark Arches, 7 Buff Ermines, 6 Elephant Hawkmoths, 6 Common Footman, 5 Bright-line Brown-eyes, 4 Scalloped Oaks, 3 Poplar Hawkmoths, 3 Riband Waves, 3 Peppered Moths, 2 Small Emeralds, 2 Early Thorns, 2 Small Square-spots and singles of Silver Y, Common Carpet, Grey/Dark Dagger, Buff-tip, Heart and Dart, Uncertain, Swallow-tail, Large Yellow Underwing, Willow Beauty, Spectacle, Brimstone, Clouded Border and a Rustic (prob Common).

Here's a few more picies....

Scallop Shell - a much smarter individual than the one I caught a few days ago

This is the first Silver Y I've caught in the garden.... but I have seen loads here

One of the Heffalump Hawkmoths after I let it free

There was a birdie highlight this morning too. Whilst photographing the Sycamore two Crossbills flew over calling. It would have been an even bigger highlight if they had been a year tick! The start of an autumn invasion?


  1. Brilliant stuff. Although Birders at heart we have been doing Moths and Butterflies while things have been quiet, and found it quite addictive.

  2. JRandSue thanks very much.

    I have always been interested in butterflies, and I suppose I have always been interested in moths but have just never bit the bullet and got stuck in....until now! : )