National Moth Night on the Isle of May

A garden tiger

A garden tiger

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A beautiful golden Y

This week Thursday, Friday and Saturday night were National Moth Night   (organised by Atropos and Butterfly Conservation,) which is the annual celebration of moth recording throughout Britain and Ireland. To tie in with this we ran our moth trap for all 3 nights and in line with the season as a whole caught a number of great moths. This season has been notable for its mild weather and lack of storms and along with the lack of rabbits has meant a forest of vegetation has grown over the island. This seems to have been good for moths as we have been catching great numbers and a good range of species. For the National Moth night nights we caught a total of 27 species and 266 moths, not bad for a lump of rock 6 milers out in the North Sea!

Below are some of the recent catches.

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Marbled coronets and 2 hebrew characters. Can you count the marbled coronets? There are 12.

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A smokey wainscot

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A cinnabar moth

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A spectacle moth – can you see how it gets its name?

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A male ghost moth

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