Wednesday 18 May 2011

Mothing in the Garden

In my second go at trapping in the garden last weekend, I attracted very few moths, but then there was quite a strong moon so I think I am out of sync with the moon on my weekends at the moment, and need to get back to dark nights.  I am going to try to set the trap at least every other week so I can progress the species that visit in the dark hours.

New species included the lovely Cinnabar moth - a very common and usually seen easily enough in daylight hours, but I have never photographed them before so that was a bonus.

The Heart & Dart is a very common species and can be attracted to light in great numbers, and once again there were half o dozen of these in.

The moth that I have labelled as the Tawny Shears is the one I am least confident that I have got right, so if there are any lepidopterists that read the blog, please do put me right if I am off here.

Finally, the Buff Ermine is a lovely moth and this one is a male.


 Heart & Dart (so called form the shapes on the wings)

 Tawny Shears ?   Nutmeg ( Thanks  David)

 Male Buff Ermine

I also borrowed a Bat Detector from some of the ecologists were I work.  Activity was faint, with recordings of just one Pipistrelle on each of Friday and Saturday night.  will have another go later in the year to see if there are any others about.

In my next blog, I will bring you some butterflies, including new species to me including the Duke of Burgundy, Small Blue and Brown Argus from a day trip I made to Gloucestershire last week.



  1. Try the Large Nutmeg -

    I am no expert but it looks bang on to me ;)

  2. Dave,

    Many thanks and yes checking back through my book I would go with that.

    Thanks for your help