Sunday, 13 June 2021

Eyed Hawkmoth

 Although the actual number of moths attracted to the moth-trap is still low, the variety of different species is starting to improve.

I was pleased to find my first hawkmoth of the season this week when I uncovered a fresh but rather small male Eyed Hawkmoth (Smerinthus ocellata) resting amongst the egg boxes, together with a few other seasonal favourites.


Eyed Hawkmoth (Smerinthus ocellata) (male)






Pebble Prominent (Notodonta ziczac)




Miller (Acronicta leporina)




Alder Moth (Acronicta alni)





Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Some more Butterflies and Moths in May

 Although moth-trap catches have continued to be low, warmer weather during the last week of May and into June holds the promise of better things to come.

Here is a round up of some more butterflies and moths that I have encountered in the last couple of weeks.


Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) (male)





Wall (Lasiommata megera) (female)




Brown Silver-line (Petrophora chlorosata)




Pale Tussock (Calliteara pudibunda) (male form concolor)





Oak Hook-tip (Watsonalla binaria) (female)




Waved Umber (Menophra abruptaria)




Garden Carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata)




Spruce Carpet (Thera britannica)





Lychnis (Hadena bicruris)






Friday, 14 May 2021

Some Butterflies and Moths in May

Pretty much all of our spring emerging butterfly species are now on the wing and I have been catching up with a few of them.

 The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) has also been on the wing this week. Last weekend, I saw at least a dozen flying around one of my local woods, a clear indication that a significant migration from the near continent has occurred. If weather conditions are good for breeding over the next few weeks then we may expect to see them everywhere during July and August. 

Conditions for moth-trapping are still marginal and catches have continued to disappoint. The following images of moths have been from daytime finds.


Pearl-bordered Fritillary (Boloria euphrosyne) (male)



Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae) (male)



Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus) (male)




Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines) (female)



Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)



Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)



Muslin Moth (Diaphora mendica) (female)



Nematopogon swammerdamella (Longhorn sp.)



Pyrausta aurata



Dark-edged Beefly (Bombylius major) (mating)



Violet Ground Beetle (Carabus violaceus) (with damaged wing case)






Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Some April Moths

 This April has not only been one of the driest on record but also one of the coldest. During the daytime, the warmth of the sun has pushed the temperatures up into double figures but the night-time temperatures have remained stubbornly cool. 

I have only managed to run the moth-trap on two nights where the temperature was only marginally mild enough to attract a Double-striped Pug and a Brindled Beauty. The Emperor Moth and Engrailed were daytime finds.

I also managed to get close enough to photograph a Comma, which had thus far eluded the camera.

 The Green Tiger Beetle stopped running for about 3 seconds which enabled me to get a quick shot. 


Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia) (female)

My friend Steve sent me a phone image, wanting to know what this fabulous beauty was, resting on his kitchen windowsill. 




Brindled Beauty (Lycia hirtaria) (male)




Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata)



Engrailed (Ectropis bistortata)



Comma (Polygonia c-album)



Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris)




Friday, 2 April 2021

Butterflies and Moths in March

 The species of butterflies that over-winter as adults have been coming out of hibernation for several weeks but the very warm weather over the last few days has brought them out in profusion. 

I have seen multiple numbers of all of our four common hibernators and only the Comma (Polygonia c-album) has eluded my approach with the camera.


Peacock (Aglais io) (male) 



Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) (males)




Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) (males)






Here are a few more moths that were attracted to the moth-trap in my wealden garden during March.



Yellow Horned (Achlya flavicornis galbanus)



March Moth (Alsophila aescularia)




Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii)



Satellite (Eupsilia transversa)



Early Grey (Xylocampa areola)



Twin-spotted Quaker (Orthosia munda)



Nut-tree Tussock (Colocasia coryli)




Early Thorn (Selenia dentaria)