I have very kindly been lent a moth trap and so last night the forecast looked pretty good - low wind, no rain and fairly warm, so I decided to put the trap out in my garden and see what happened!
This morning (20th) I got up at 6am to go and cover the trap so that any moths in the trap couldn't escape and then I went back to bed for a few hours before getting up again to go through the trap.
To my surprise there were quite a few moths in the trap and there seemed to be quite a variety of species too which is always good! I also noticed that there were some Elephant Hawkmoths in the trap which was awesome as they are a species I've really wanted to see for quite a while and they really do not disappoint!
Anyway, I won't bore you with any more writing, so here are some pictures of the moth I caught. Many thanks to all who helped me with id'ing them yesterday - I very much appreciate it!!
|Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua fimbriata)|
|Common Footman (Eilema lurideola)|
|Scarce Footman (Eilema complana)|
|The Flame (Axylia putris)|
|Mottled Beauty (Alcis repandata)|
|Garden Carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata)|
|Dun-bar (Cosmia trapezina)|
|Dot Moth (Melanchra persicariae)|
|September Thorn (Ennomos erosaria)|
|Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)|
|Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua janthina)|
|Double Square-spot (Xestia triangulum)|
|Elephant Hawkmoth (Deilephila elpenor)|
|Riband Wave (Idaea aversata)|
|Beautiful Hook-tip (Laspeyria flexula)|
|Chrysoteuchia culmella (Garden Grass Veneer)|
|Buff Arches (Habrosyne pyritoides)|
|Single-dotted Wave (Idaea dimidiata)|
|Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha)|
|Buff Ermine (Spilosoma lutea)|
|Small Fan-footed Wave (Idaea biselata)|
|Least Carpet (Idaea rusticata)|
|Scalloped Oak (Crocallis elinguaria)|
|Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata)|
|Scallop Shell (Hydria undulata)|