An Elephant we’ll not forget!

The impressive Elephant Hawkmoth

The impressive Elephant Hawkmoth

A Spectacle, named after its 'Spectacle' like markings.

A Spectacle, named after its ‘Spectacle’ like markings.

Beautiful Golden Y

Beautiful Golden Y – not so brown!

 

A Cinnabar, one of the few on the island that we see during the day.

A Cinnabar, one of the few on the island that we see during the day.

The light and egg boxes, which provide the moths with cover whilst in the trap.

The light and egg boxes, which provide the moths with cover whilst in the trap.

Thursday 2nd July Comments: The majority of the nights out here on the May we attempt to catch moths, which are attracted to the lights in a trap we put out. Early in the year there were very few caught each night, but as the nights warm up and the summer gets closer, more and more moths take to the wing.  Throughout the season there is a cycle as to which moths are most common; to start with there are more Hebrew Character, then Marbled Coronet and now we are getting into the ‘Bright-line Brown-eye season’.

Many people think of moths as brown and boring but in fact they are all very different and some are incredibly colourful and striking.  Over 2400 species of Moth have been recorded in the UK and all have their own quirk and character. They are an amazingly diverse species group and every locality within the UK will play host to particular species, depending on the habitat and climate.

Yesterday we were treated to a magnificent Elephant Hawkmoth; a cracking pink and green beast!  Although they are fairly abundant on the mainland, they are extremely rare on the Isle of May. Moments like this make all the hours of identification and recording worthwhile. Let’s hope for more interesting moths this year, we’ll keep you updated!

 

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.