Tuesday 21 July 2009

Beware Of The Leopard

Despite the rain during the night and this morning, it was another good catch with 84 moths of 31 species. I put the trap in the front garden again for the first time in well over a week. There are more flowers and plants here, where as the back garden has larger trees including four fruit trees.

It's a bit weird really, because on Sunday night I wanted a Peach Blossom - on Monday morning I got one! Last night I wanted a Leopard Moth, and this morning I got this...

WOW! A Leopard Moth!

This wasn't the rarest of the catch though, not by a long way! I also had one of these...

WOW WOW WOW!!!! A Dewick's Plusia!

And this was another attractive first for the garden...

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing - bit of a mouthful really!

The more mundane first for the garden were...

Buff Footman - I had five of these!

Small Rivulet

And a worn Dot Moth

The rest of the catch was made up of: 16 Silver Y's (nice to have these as the commonest species), 7 Uncertains, 6 Shuttle-shaped Darts, 6 Heart and Darts, 5 Large Yellow Underwings, 4 Dark Arches, 4 Buff Ermines, 4 Small Fan-footed Waves, 3 Peppered Moths, 2 Swallow-tailed Moths, 2 Bright-line Brown-eyes, 2 Smoky Wainscots and singles of: Grey Dagger, Poplar Grey, Purple Thorn, Common Footman, Spectacle, Clay, Flame Shoulder, Buff-tip, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Small Fanfoot, Scalloped Oak, Common Rustic and Light Arches.

Finally a couple more photos...

I love all the Thorns - this is my second Purple Thorn

This is the first tidy Swallow-tail I've caught! All others have had at least one 'tail' missing!


  1. Wow indeed,amazing Moth Images.
    Love the Leopard,well done Steve.

  2. Thanks John,

    This hobby just gets better and better! : )