Wednesday evening it had that feeling of a warm, humid night and I thought there would be a very high chance of getting a Poplar Hawk-Moth - and so I did! There was not as many in the trap compared to the night before, but there was one or two unexpected ones..things..
Again, all shots are just taken from the iPhone7 for reference - nothing fancy.
A few more White Ermines again. On the right an Antler Moth just below one of the Ermines.
To the left, above the second Ermine is a Heart and Dart moth.
The one above the Heart and Dart moth I'm yet to identify.
Eggs laid - the closet moth to the eggs was this Antler Moth - Cerapteryx Graminis, so I'm guessing this is who left them! The Heart and Dart was on the other side of the tray... So a bit unsure, but guessing it's most likely from the Antler.
A wild guess - a Flame Shoulder
Above - A Bordered White male - Bupalus Piniaria
Poplar Hawk-Moth male - Laothoe Populi
This one was the unexpected surprise - the Northern Eggar (female) Lasiocampa Quercus - who also left me a few gifts or so... eggs! Which I'll keep until they are ready for release - I will show updates of this through the Facebook & Instagram page with a link to this blog.
Again, thanks for looking and taking interest,
A friend came round for a catch up on the Tuesday, and left me their moth trap to see what species are around in my area of Inverness-shire (the Black Isle, North).
I have always been interested in moths, more than butterflies. The amount of different types, sizes and shapes are unbelievable, and most folk are completely unaware of them around us.
Below are three images of a few moths from the week before this, on a Friday morning.
Which will of been attracted to the light above them during the night. Whilst I was walking past I couldn't help but noticed the large Poplar Hawk-moth, quite a common moth, but still beautiful. Along with two White Ermines. (quick iPhone shots)
As I looked in the trap early the next morning, I was rather pleased with the turn out for a first go. I knew I probably wouldn't get a hawk moth, due to the weather conditions, but still.
Some I have named, but others I'm yet to identify, so please feel free to share you're opinions!
A Beautiful Golden - Autographa Pulchrina
A lovely White Ermine
Until next time,